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John Simmons 

Founder of Simmons College, 1899 

Photo courtesy of Simmons Archives 

Simmons College Timeline 


Photos courtesy of Simmons College Archives and Aden Michaud 


Letter from the President 

Helen Drinan 

Helen G. Drinan brings a depth of leadership 
experience in non-profit and for-profit 
organizations to the presidency of Simmons 
College. An alumna of two Simmons graduate 
school programs and a former chair of its Board 
of Directors, Drinan has been closely connected 
to the College for more than three decades. 

As an undergraduate alumna of Mount Holyoke 
College, Drinan understands firsthand the value 
of an all-women's college. Her experience as a 
Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines in the 
early '70s also provided her with multicultural 
experiences that she would later carry over into 
her diversity work. She received her Master of 
Library and Information Science from the 
Simmons Graduate School of Library and 
Information Science in 1975 and an MBA from 
the Simmons School of Management in 1978. In 
1993, the School of Management named her the 
recipient of the Phyllis Rappaport Alumnae 
Achievement Award. 

Drinan is a well-known and respected leader in 
health care, civic and business circles. In 
addition to her 19-year career at BankBoston 
Corporation and her four-and-a-half-year term 
as senior vice president of Caritas Christi 
Health Care System, she has served on the 
board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of 
Massachusetts since 1995, and was president of 
the Society for Human Resource Management, 
the world's largest professional association 
devoted to human resource management. 

Photo courtesy of the Simmons College Web site 

On July 1, 2008, Simmons College 
welcomed Helen Drinan, a respected 
New England leader, as college 
president. Drinan has been a member of 
the Simmons College Board of Trustees 
since 2003 and board chair since 2007. 
She replaces Susan Scrimshaw, who 
stepped down from the presidency to 
undertake other work in higher 
education administration and public 
health advocacy. 

Simmons Board of Trustees Vice Chair 
Steve Jonas said Drinan will serve a two- 
to three-year presidency, as the college 
fills key staff positions and continues its 
forward momentum toward nationally 
recognized excellence. 




Office of the President T 617-521-2073 

300 The Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5898 F 617-521-3065 

Dear Members of the Class of 2010: 

I am full of good wishes for you as you commence your lives post college. 

I wish you the confidence of knowing that the time you have spent at Simmons 
has prepared you for anything which comes your way. You have learned to 
think analytically, to express yourself effectively, and to engage others with 
sensitivity. These attributes will serve you well in life. 

I wish you the courage which comes from having been tested repeatedly and 
coming back from those tests. A combination of success and failure is 
necessary to build this kind of courage, and I know each and every one of you 
has experienced both of these during your college years. 

Finally, I wish you the contentment of living the life you choose. In the best 
Simmons tradition, you leave here equipped to do so. Make the most of this 
wonderful freedom! 


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Helen G. Drinan 



Departments, pages 8-17 
Time Capsule, pages 18-19 
Study Abroad, page 20 
Academic Liaisons, pages 21-23 
Office of the Dean, pages 24-25 

Photos provided by Aden Michaud, Simmons College Archives, and Debbie Andler 

Founded in 1899, Simmons was the first college in the nation to offer women a liberal arts 
education integrated with professional preparation. Today, Simmons offers the many 
benefits of a small university, and is an innovative undergraduate women's college with more 
than forty majors and programs. Nearly thirty percent of Simmons students major in two 
subjects. Simmons also offers the Dix Scholars program which is designed for women who 
are twenty-four years or older. 

Simmons College includes the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies, the School of 
Health Sciences, the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, the School of 
Management, and the School of Social Work. 

Simmons consistently ranks among the nation's top schools in its category in the U.S. News 
& World Report annual survey and the Princeton Review's Best 368 Colleges. A recent 
Kaplan college guidebook highlights Simmons as a cutting-edge school that can "help 
kickstart your career and get you where you want to go." 


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The Biology Department offers programs which promote student 
understanding of fundamental concepts in a wide-range of biological 
disciplines as well as hands-on experience through laboratory research and 
internship opportunities. The Department believes that students need both 
theoretical and practical experience as preparation for careers involving 
animal and plant physiology, developmental biology, molecular biology, 
biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, ecology and biotechnology. 


The Computer Science major at Simmons College prepares women for 
successful careers and for graduate school. The major provides an environment 
that empowers women in computer science by developing their ability to think 
logically and solve problems. Students study the requisite computing 
foundation and thegry, as well as state of the art technology and practice. They 
develop marketable technical skills as well. An important focus in the 
curriculum is the application of technology to solve real-world problems. 


Art and 









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The mission of the Department of Communications is to provide an 
intellectually rigorous path of study of communications media. The 
department faculty is committed to standards of excellence and to the 
creation of a climate where students strive to make a difference in the 

The program emphasizes the development of critical thinking, superior 
writing capabilities, a contemporary visual intelligence, technical 
competence, and effective oral communication. Students actively engage 
with the challenge of communication for the screen, the page, and the 
World Wide Web while gaining an understanding of the impact of the 
media on society and the individual. 

These objectives are accomplished by a supportive environment of 
collaboration, creativity, and active engagement with experiential 
learning led by a faculty of professionals and scholars. 


Photos courtesy of Simmons College Archives and Alison Toering 


Studies 1943 " 


Economics courses have been offered at Simmons since the college was 
founded, but it wasn't until 1966-1967 that the Economics Department was 
established and economics was offered as a concentration. These courses 
supplemented the requirements for the other areas of concentration at 
Simmons. Originally, only three economics courses were offered to Simmons 
students: Principles of Economics, Economic History of the United States, 
and Practical Economics, 

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The Department of History at Simmons College offers courses that 
introduce students to a variety of historical regions, periods, and 
methodologies, as well as clusters of courses that give students the chance to 
develop expertise in a particular area of history. The study of history helps 
one to make sense 9f the past and to understand today's internally diverse 
and internationally complex society. History helps people to learn about 
individuals and various ethnic and racial groups in the context of their times. 





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Building on a century of experience and expertise, Simmons 
offers an exceptional undergraduate program in education as 
well as several graduate programs for tomorrow's teachers. 

The Education Department prepares educators and leaders 
through clinical experiences and research based practices in 
order to enable them to meet the challenges of a more diverse, 
technological and global society. The Department promotes 
equity, excellence and social justice in a culture of 
collaboration. Graduates share a passion for learning, a 
commitment to community, and a determination to make a 

One of Simmons' outstanding features in the Education 
Department is the Master of Arts in Teaching dual-degree 
program, which provides students with the opportunity to earn 
both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in a five- 
year period. 

Photos courtesy of Simmons College Archives and Alison Toering 



Modern Language 

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers Arabic, Chinese, 
French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish at various levels. 

As a student becomes familiar with a particular language, she develops an 
understanding of the nature of language in general. 

By studying hterary works in the original language, a student acquires an ability 
to read with enjoyment and full comprehension. She also develops knowledge / 
of the intellectual and social history of the people who speak the language. 

Moreover, the knowledge and experience obtained in the critical reading of 
the major works of foreign literature permanently extend the range of a 
student's resources in the humanities and provide a means and taste for 
developing them further. 








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The program in nutrition offers undergraduate majors preparation for 
careers in food science and nutrition or in dietetics, for graduate work in 
these areas, and for a track in food service management. The program 
provides opportunities for all students in the College to become 
knowledgeable about the fundamental principles of nutrition and food 
science and current scientific concepts of the relationship between diet 
and health. 


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a long history of 
preparing both traditional and nontraditional women students for 
successful careers and for graduate school. The Department strives to 
provide an environment that empowers women in mathematics and 
computer science and helps them to realize their potential in those 
fields. An important focus in the curriculum is modeling and real-world 

Photos courtesy of Simmons College Archives and Alison Toering 


Academic Departments 


The study of philosophy is a reflective consideration of life's deepest issues, 
and cultivates a sensitivity to values, to systems of thought, and to other 
people. Simmons emphasizes that philosophy is not "for academics only." The 
study of philosophy helps one to analyze positions and communicate clearly in 
speech and writing.These skills can be profitably applied anywhere. 


The Sociology Department offers students a framework to view social 
processes from a grounded and critical perspective. Curriculum inculcates 
strong theoretical and methodological skills, and by using the knowledge 
drawn from the Department's thematic areas, students learn ways to apply 
these skills toward social equity and leadership. 


English study at Simmons seeks to 
familiarize the student with the work 
of important writers; to introduce her 
to the individual and cultural values, 
ideas, debates, and insights woven into 
literature; and to sharpen her 
understanding of the English language. 
Thinking, writing, and speaking about 
literary texts helps the student 
discover her own voice, develop her 
skills of critical analysis, and be an 
independent thinker. 






Academics: Past Sc Present 




Africana Studies 

Art and Music 




Computer Science and Information 


Mathematics & Statistics 
Modern Languages & Literature 
Political Science and International 


Physical Therapy 

Departments not pictured: 

Africana Studies Physics 

Art and Music Political Science and International Relations 

Behavior Analysis Psychology 



Household Economics 

Library Studies 

Secretarial Studies 

General Science 

Boston School for Social Work 

School of Horticulture 

School of Industrial Teaching 

School for Salesmanship Prince 

School of Public Health Nursing 

School of Landscape 

School of Physical Education 
School of English 
School of Preprofessional Studies 
School of Social Science 
School of Education 






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Drinan updates college on ABR process 

A semester into the Academic Business 
Review, the focus of the school-wide analysis is 
turning away from course and section review 
to look at the academic structure of the 
college, said President Helen Drinan Monday 
in an interview with The Voice. 

With the majority of the scrutiny of courses 
finished, the next step of the ABR includes an 
examination of the efficiency of the structure 
of the school as it stands, Simmons College and 
its five graduate schools are made up of 
multiple departments. The next step of the 
ABR is to assess whether or not those 
departments would be better served and gain 
more visibility if they were free-standing 
institutions not held under a larger umbrella 
school, Drinan said. 

"Take the Graduate School of Education 
which is a part of the CAS graduate programs," 
said Drinan. "Would the program benefit from 
being extracted on a stand-alone basis? We 
wouldn't change the curriculum [or] the 
faculty, but we would call it out as a separate 

This has the potential to bring more money 
to these programs through grant funding and 
private donors, she said. 

At the same time, administrative 
inefficiencies are under scrutiny as part of an 
overhead administrative review. In this step 
of the ABR, the school is investing in a 
centralized admissions management program 
that will be used across all of the schools 
called Intelliworks. 

This new program would eliminate much 
administrative redundancy, "and frankly, a lot 
of the manual labor," Drinan said. 

This program is being installed now and 
will be running in the undergraduate college 
for the next recruiting cycle this summer. 

Drinan said it will standardize the 
admissions process from an administrative 
and organizational point of view. 

The first step of the ABR, the course and 
section review, is now finished. 

Recommendations are now in the hands of 
individual departments who are preparing to 
send their final changes to the Office of the 
Registrar for implementation. Changes will 
be in place before fall registration this spring, 
Drinan said. 


By Maria Costigan 

Time Capsule 

These changes include an 8% ehmination 
of course sections across the entire school 
and a 5% consolidation of sections. 
Consolidation will affect courses that offer 
multiple sections in the same semester. The 
president stressed that these changes will not 
affect majors or minors, but will increase the 
average class size from 18 to 21. Drinan 
assures that this increase will be Ivirtually 
invisible! to the student population. 

President Drinan will present this 
information to the Board of Trustees this 
week for final approval. She said the faculty 
has given their consent of the changes as of 
now and agrees that they should go forward. 

Once each department applies these 
changes individually, they will report to 
President Drinan, who at that point will be 
ready to share the final plan with students 
and the community. 

This process began as a cost-benefit 
analysis, but administrators quickly realized 
that the review needed to compensate for any 
deductions; that simply cutting costs would 
not be the most beneficial action for the 
school as a whole. 

Drinan was faced with the question: "how 
much cost can you effectively eliminate and 
still advance the reputation of the college?" 

Consolidating programs and departments 
within the school is one way to cut costs, but 
Drinan was concerned with losing the 
opportunity to promote the separate schools. 
By combining a budget cut through the 
course and section review with a potential 
restructuring of the school's academic model, 
she hopes to be able to bring attention to 
Simmons' strengths. 

"For a long time we have been concerned 
with having the best kept secret in the city of 
Boston," she said. 

Drinan identifies the school's strengths as 
its historical advantage at preparing women 
who are leaders in their chosen careers as 
well as preparing women for careers of 
import. Simmons' marketing and advertising 
strategy will reflect this desire to highlight 
those strengths through emphasizing 
individual schools and programs, she said. 
"There are people who will say that an 
organization that isn't prepared to change is 
an organization that is going to struggle to 

Article Courtesy of Maria Costigan and 

The Simmons Voice 
February /^, 2009 


Simmons students participate in a wide 
variety of programs in countries all over the 
globe, including Argentina, Australia, Chile, 
China, France, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Japan, 
Jordan, Mexico, Poland, Senegal, Spain, 
Turkey, and the United Kingdom. 

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Travel Programs 

Travel programs offer students the opportunity to travel with a professor and a group of 
students for two to four weeks while earning academic credits. Travel courses are uniquely 
designed and led by Simmons faculty according to their academic and regional specialties. 
Recent courses include Political Science in Egypt, Management in India, and Journalism in 
South Africa. Some include a service learning component, for example working on a water 
filtration project or in a health clinic in Nicaragua. 

Coursework and class sessions during the semester before departure prepare students for 
travel. Some of the travel courses are designed to fulfill a mode of inquiry requirement. A 
travel course enables students to be immersed in a culture other than their own and to 
broaden their perspectives and knowledge of a language or subject through an intensive 
learning experience. 

Photos courtesy of the Simmons College Web site 


Academic Liaisons 

ALANA Nursing 

Advisors: Colette Dieujuste, LaDonna Christian 

The ALANA Nursing Association 
provides cultural enlightenment for the 
Simmons community. The aim of this 
liaison is to foster a cultural community 
and enhance networking at Simmons 
College. This Liaison heightens 
awareness and friendship between all 
people, regardless of race, sex, religion, 
or natural origin, and complements the 
Nursing Liaison to address issues in the 
nursing community. 

Art Sc Music 

Advisor: Colleen Kiely 

The mission of the Art & Music Liaison is 
to enhance the Simmons community with 
art and music events. 

This year events included concerts at the 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; the 
Gala, our annual celebration of the arts in 
April; field trips to area museums, and 
fundraisers to benefit art and music 
programs at Simmons. 


Advisor: Randi Lite 

The Biology Liaison is made up of 
students who share a passion for the study 
of biology. The goal of this Liaison is to 
expose members to academic and career 
opportunities in biology. This Liaison 
allows students to interact with their 
peers and the scientific community at 


Advisor: Cheryl Lavoie 

The mission of the Chemistry/Physics 
Liaison is to educate the Simmons 
College and Boston community to 
increase awareness of chemistry and 
physics. The Chemistry/Physics Liaison 
also provides support to the Simmons 
College Chemistry and Physics 


Advisors: Masato Aoki, Niloufer Sohrabji 

The organization acts as a major avenue 
for communications between faculty and 
students in the Economics Department. 
The Liaison is responsible for 
summarizing course evaluations and the 
faculty looks to the Liaison for general 
curriculum advice. The Liaison organizes 
social and educational events and is 
responsible for furthering the academic 
interest of individuals interested in 


Advisor: Sheldon George 

As the official organization of English 
majors at Simmons College, the Liaison 
is charged with planning and 
sponsoring activities for English majors, 
concentrators and interested students 
during the academic year. Its goal is to 
foster a sense of community among 
students of English by working together 
on activities of mutual interest. 




Advisor: Mary Treacy 

The objective of the Honors Liaison is to 
help Simmons students share, 
communicate, and learn about events 
and programs conducted by the Honor 
Liaison. The Honor Liaison introduces 
intellectually and socially challenging 
events and activities that enhance 
students' involvement in global issues. 
This is also a networking tool for the 
Honors community. 


Advisor: Mindy Nitkin 

The aim of this Liaison is to facilitate a 
relationship among management 
students and the faculty, create 
opportunities for students to develop 
skills valued in the workforce, and 
provide a place where students with a 
common interest in management can 
interact and participate in events. 

Math/Computer Science 

Advisor: Nanette Veilleux 

The purpose of this organization is to 
provide fellowship among math and 
computer science majors and to expose 
all students to the various areas of 
mathematics and computer science 
through guest speakers, math-orientated 
and computer-orientated programs, and 
other activities. 


Advisor: Lynn Foord 

The Nutrition Liaison is a support and 
learning group in all aspects of the field 
of nutritional science. Activities include 
informational meetings for the 
community, fundraising, guest speaker 
lectures, and dinner outings. 

Physical Therapy 

Advisor: Lynn Foord 

The Physical Therapy Liaison is a student 
group that fosters growth and awareness 
in the area of rehabilitation and wellness 
in and around the Simmons community. 

Pohtical Science and 
International Relations 

Advisor: Catherine Paden 

The purpose of the Political 
Science/International Relations Liaison 
is to bring together students interested 
in political science and/or international 
relations and to create an awareness of 
political and international issues at 
Simmons College. 




Advisor: Dr. Mary Owen 

The purpose of the Simmons Pre- 
Medical Liaison is to raise the awareness 
of the members, Simmons college 
community, and the Boston Community 
about health issues, such as local health 
policy, domestic and global health 
disparities, health care advocacy and to 
provide an outlet for its members to take 
action. Members also benefit by 
developing leadership skills and 
receiving support from the group. 


Advisor: Barbara Gentile 

The Psychology Liaison's purpose is to 
provide an ongoing flow of 
communication between faculty and 
students in the areas of curriculum, 
departmental policies, and psychology- 
oriented activities within the 

Simmons Student 
Nurses Association 

Advisor: Collette Dieujustie 

The purpose of this group is to assist 
students in Nursing and those interested 
in the profession; and to collaborate with 
faculty, administration and other liaisons 
on matters concerning the student body. 


Photos courtesy of the Spanish Liaison 

Advisors: Danisa Bonacic, Tulio Campos 

The aim of this Liaison is to create an 
academic-based community committed 
to enriching member knowledge of 
Spanish language and culture through 
planned activities, workshops, and 
conversation. The group strives to reach 
out to Simmons students and faculty 
members in order to benefit the 
community as a whole. 

Transfer Students 

The Transfer Student Assocation helps 
to acclimate new transfer students into 
the Simmons College community and 
acts as a liaison between the Admissions 
and Registrar's Offices. 


office of the Dean of CAS 
(College of Arts and Sciences) 

Diane Raymond 

Diane Raymond was appointed dean of 
Simmons's College of Arts and Sciences in 
2002. Previously, she served for two years 
as associate dean and director of academic 
advising. Dr. Raymond joined the 
Simmons faculty in 1985 and holds a joint 
appointment as professor of philosophy 
and women's studies. 

Dr. Raymond is the author of 
Existentialism and the Philosophical Tradition, 
co-author of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life 
, and author of numerous articles in 
cultural studies, feminist theory, and 

ethics. As dean, she continues to teach „ ,^ 

one course a semester, including 
philosophy, women's studies, and the 
honors program. 

Her Honors course is part of a Learning Community co-taught 
with Masato Aoki. It is called "Democracy and Difference" and 
addresses the values of the Multicultural Core Curriculum 
through a focus on education, philosophy, and economics. 

She received a B.A. from Vassar College, and an M.A, and Ph.D. 
from New York University. Her areas of specialization are 
Continental philosophy, feminist theory and applied ethics. 

Dr. Raymond works closely with both graduate and 
undergraduate students and says that she plans never to stop 
teaching, not only because she loves philosophy and working 
closely with students, but also because she does not want to forget 
how hard teaching really is. 




Cathryn Mercier 

Associate Dean & Professor 

Erin O'Connor 

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Advising 
& First Year Program 

Roslyn Taylor 

Budget Manager, Assistant to the Dean 

Melissa Kelly 

Communications Coordinator 

Nancy Ortega 

off Campus Program Manager 

Stephen Haag 

Administrative Assistant 

These members of the Office of 
the Dean of CAS work tirelessly 
behind the scenes to ensure that 
the academic processes of the 
College go smoothly. 





Con ten ts: 

Senior Class Council, pages 28-29 
Senior Photos, pages 30-55 
Witches' Brew, page 56 
Senior/Faculty Toast, page 57 


Photos courtesy of Aden Michaud, Amber Wilmot, and the Simmons College Archives 

Simmons College held its first commencement exercise in June 1906. Bachelor of Science 
degrees were conferred on thirty-two candidates. Today, seniors will be joining an existing group 
of 63,044 Simmons alumni. The oldest living Simmons alumna is France^ Pilsbury, class of 1923. 
She was born in October of 1901, and lives in Concord, Massachusetts. 

"Famous" Simmons alumnae include Gwen Ifill, Denise Di Novi, Dorothy Ferebee, Joyce 
Kulhawik, Ann Fudge, Ellie Lipman, Allyson Young Schwartz and Louise Randall Pierson. Some 
of Simmons's most notable commencement speakers/honorary degree recipients include Jane 
Addams (1911), Coretta Scott King (1972), Gloria Steinem (1973), Margaret Mead (1975), Maya 
Angelou (1987), Doris Kearns Goodwin (1988), Gwendolyn Ifill, 77 (1993), Anita F. Hill (2000), 
Amy Tan (2003), and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (2004). 

Simmons alumni live in all 50 states, but a large number live right here in Massachusetts; 22,842 
of the active alumni base have preferred addresses in this state. Of those, 5,984 live in the Boston 
metro area. There are 714 alumni who have preferred addresses outside the USA, and they live in 
91 different countries. 

Congratulations, Seniors! 


2010 Class Council: Seniors 

The 2010 Class Council has worked extremely hard this 
year to fundraise for the class. The Council sponsored 
the Senior-Faculty Toast and organized the 
Commencement Ball, Commencement, and Senior- 
Faculty Banquet. The most well-known responsibility of 
the Senior Class Council is Senior Week, which is also 
organized and funded in part by the Council. 

President: Alison 

Vice President: 
Brienne Black 


Class Council Officers: 

Elizabeth Donnelly 

Secretary: Andrea 

Public Relations 
Represen ta tive: 
Karen De Vincent 


Kayte Bridgewater 

Photos courtesy of Alison Cavicchio 




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Majors, minors, and degrees, 
as well as a list of seniors not 
pictured, are featured in the 
Spring Supplement. 

Elissa Zeno 

Senior Photos courtesy of herff-Jones 

Photos courtesy of the Simmons Web site 


Witches' Brew 

Witches' Brew and the Senior/Faculty Toast are two of the most well-known Senior 
events at Simmons College. 

Witches' Brew for the Class of 2010 
took place at Our House (52 
Gainsborough St) on Thursday, October 
29, 2009, 8:00pm - 10:00pm. 

The Witches Brew is a traditional Senior 
event that takes place every year around 
Halloween. It's a time to sport a 
Halloween costume, dance, and have 
drinks with fellow seniors. This year the 
senior class had a DJ and the entire bar 
for a private party until 10p.m., when 
the general public was allowed to enter. 

Tickets cost $5 each and had to be 
purchased in advance. Students needed 
to present their 21+ state ID, Simmons 
ID, and Witches Brew ticket at the door 
in order to enter and buy alcohol. 

This event allowed Simmons seniors to 
kick back and have some Halloween fun 
as a relief from the tough workload and 
stress of senior year. 

This year's Witches' Brew demonstrated 
the Simmons spirit and enthusiasm that 
this senior class has exhibited. Go 

The Senior-Faculty Toast occurs in the 
fall of each year. This is an opportunity 
for the faculty to toast best wishes to the 
seniors in their upcoming final year at 
the College. 

This year's Toast took place on 
Wednesday, October 7, 2009. 

Simmons Senior Event: from History: 

Step Singing was for many years an 
extremely popular activity at Simmons 
College, often referred to in the student 
handbooks as one of the "most beautiful " 
traditions at Simmons. It is unclear when 
Step Singing began, but the earliest mention 
of it appears in the (Student) Handbook of 
Simmons College Class of 1926, which was 
published in 1922. The wording in the 
handbook indicates the tradition evolved 
before this publication: 

"About six weeks before final exams, step- 
singing commences. The three lower classes 
gather around the South Hall colonnade at 
sunset, while the Seniors in caps and gowns 
march up and take their places on the steps. 
Everyone joins in singing the college songs, 
and then the different classes sing to one 


Senior-Faculty Toast 

Photos courtesy of Aden Michaud 


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Con ten t5: 

Orientation/FYE, pages 60-61 

Honors Convocation, pages 62-63 

Office of Residence Life, pages 64-65 

Organizations, pages 66-79 

Class Councils, pages 80-81 

Student Government President, pages 82-83 

Office of Student Life & Activities, pages 84-85 

Dining Services, pages 86-87 

Colleges of the Fenway, pages 88-89 

Community Service, pages 90-9 1 

Office of Spiritual Life, pages 92-93 

Residences, pages 94-97 

Athletics, pages 98-105 

Other Events, pages 106-109 

Time Capsule, pages 1 10-125 


Photos Courtesy of Aden Michaud and the Simmons College Archives 

A short walk from the main campus, Simmons' gated residence campus offers a private refuge in 
the heart of the city. Nine brick residence halls enclose a grassy quad where students relax or 
study on sunny days. Bartol Dining Hall, Holmes Sports Center, and the campus health center 
are conveniently located here. Dances, parties, and performances are held in Alumnae Hall. 
Students have the option of joining more than 50 student organizations and academic liaisons, 
plus plenty of intramural and just-for-fun activities that add zest to life outside the classroom for 
both graduate and undergraduate students. Many students are involved as peer educators, 
mentors, activists, or volunteers. Students are invited to take part in student government, sports, 
cultural organizations, and a multitude of other activities, including fitness programs, volunteer 
projects, and excursions around town. Students also participate in local and international service 
learning activities, from after-school tutoring programs in Boston, to community health projects 
in Nicaragua. 



The Fall Orientation 2009 was designed to help new students STEP UP TO YOUR 
FUTURE. There were many opportunities to meet other new students, finalize 
schedules, learn about co-curricular opportunities and explore Boston. 

"I really liked the Orientation activity TACES' because I got to know a group 

of girls more personally. The Honors Program Orientation 

meeting was very informative. A few of the sophomores from the Honors 

Program talked to us about how their first year was. My first night on campus 

I went to the North End for the St. Anthony's Festival." 

Annika Stout 


"Hearing about all the co-curricular activities available was great! It 

was difficult to chose which club to participate in because I wanted to join 

them all. Trivia Night was amusing and entertaining, and I learned a lot about 

Simmons and Boston! The following night I loved relaxing and watching a 

movie with fellow freshman." 
Eleanor Horton 


Photos courtesy of Danielle Ray, Fredrick Horton, 2009 Undergraduate Orientation 


First-Year Experience 

Emma Brightbill 

"The FYE subject that has been most meaningful was time management 
because I learned how to avoid distraction and use time efficiently. All FYE 
students are reading Better by Atul Gawande.The story that had impact on me 
was Gawande's reflection about salaries . He asked his fellow doctors about 
their salaries and was met with awkward responses. It made me rethink how 
uncomfortable people still are when talking about money." 

"I chose to be a FYE facilitator because I absolutely love Simmons and I want 
every first-year student to feel comfortable and at home. I have loved every 
minute of getting to know new people and sharing my experiences with them! 
Being a role model for the incoming class has been amazing! It's interesting 
hearing what first-years say about how they view Simmons and what their 
initial reactions are to the college. I love answering questions and providing 

Sam Schenk 

Tanja Milojevic 

"I chose to cofacilitate FYE to be a leader in encouraging inclusiveness at 
Simmons. I want to welcome incoming freshman, to solve problems and 
answer questions. Our class discussions on gender issues and inclusiveness 
resonate as this is a women's college, and inclusiveness encourages us to try 
new things, no matter what backgrounds we have." 

Note from the Past: 

The Freshman Frolic was initiated in 1904 by the Class 
of 1907. The tradition consisted of freshmen 
participating in a "baby party:" students dressed up as 
children and played children's games. "Every girl who 
came represented a child of not over twelve years of 
age," and each played her part to the fullest. Students 
dressed in Dutch cuts, short skirts, socks, rompers, and 
frilly dresses. They donned gigantic bows and had 
pigtails or bouncy curls in their hair. The Frolic usually 
was held in the late Spring and was meant to symbolize a 
last chance to return to childish ways before assuming 
sophomore status. The last mention of the Freshman 
Frolic appears in the Simmons News dated May 1942. 

Photos courtesy of Simmons College Archives, 
Susan Chang, Katie Senneville, Eleanor 




On September 16, 2009, the incoming senior class gathered 
together with the faculty, staff, and younger classmates to 
honor the hard work that it took to make it to senior year. 
The event originally was combined with Founder's Day which 
celebrated John Simmons' founding of the college. However, 
since then it has become fall activity, that motivates Seniors 
and reminds them of how their journey at Simmons began. It 
is also the first of the traditional senior events. Students dress 
in their graduation caps and gowns. It is also then that the 
seniors are reminded, and the first years are taught, that 
Simmons is a college that prides itself on finding your voice 
and inner strength. 

Photos courtesy of Aden Michaud and Amber Wilmot 


office of Residence Life 

The residence halls are active living/learning centers that complement the academic programs of 
the College. Students are given opportunities to become involved in their own learning and 
development throughout the year and to come to understand what it means to be a member of a 
community. Residence Campus Services provides a variety of services on the Simmons residence 
campus, including supporting summer conferences, overseeing laundry systems, and renting 
microfridges to students. The Office of Residence Life also coordinates housing selections, 
dining services, fenway card services and provides assistance to students who get locked out. At 
Simmons College, education extends far beyond the classroom walls. In keeping with this 
philosophy, the mission of residence life is to enhance the total educational experience. The 
residence life program is designed to encourage personal growth and development. 

Jessica Faulk - Director of Residence Life 

Jessica Faulk is entering her fourth year at 
Simmons College. Before coming to 
Boston, Jess worked at Bowling Green 
State University, Heidelberg College, and 
the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Michelle Vital - Assistant Director of Residence Life 

Michelle has been working at Simmons 
since July 2005. In 2005, Michelle earned 
her Master of Arts degree in Student 
Affairs Administration from Michigan 
State University. 

Photos courtesy of Simmons, Alison Toering and BACHA Board 

Residence Life 

Residence Campus 


Residen t Life 

This year, first-year students lived in 
Simmons, Morse, Mesick and South Halls. 

New theme living communities this year 
were available, in addition to the well-known 
Wellness Community. 

Boston Sports Pride 

Students on this floor showed Boston spirit 
by cheering on local sports teams. 

Culinary Floor 

This program focused not only on cooking 
and baking in the halls, but finding 
interesting food off campus. 

Wellness Community 

South Hall is a community that supports and 
promotes a healthy, balanced lifestyle, an 
ongoing process that is different for each 

Photos Courtesy of: Alison toering. College Archives and Aden Michaud 


The Alliance 

The Alliance is a social and political 
organization for the Lesbian/bisecual/ 
Transgender/Queer/ Allied community at 
Simmons College. The Alliance provides a 
safe environment for the expression of 
human diversity, and respects 
confidentiality. This group hopes to 
provide entertainment, education, and 
outreach to the greater community. 


The mission of the Asian Student 
Association is to unify the Asian students 
at Simmons, expose aspects of Asian 
culture to the Simmons community, 
maintain contact with Asian students at 
other area colleges, assist in services for the 
improvement and welfare of the Boston 
Asian community and to let the students 
among the Asian Student Association have 
a voice on important issues. 


President: Caidyn Paige 
Vice President: Morgan Grenier 
Treasurer: Mikaela Sandhoff 
Secretary: Lauren Burzalow 
SGA Rep: Emma Hryniewicz 
Historian: Michelle Lagana 
Public Relations: Stephanie Gorosh 
Advisor: Jessica Faulk 

President: Sayaka Shishido 
Vice President: Regina Tayag 
Secretary: Amy Charlton 
Treasurer: Melissa Trieu 
SGA Rep: Tram Pham 
Historian: Yao Wen 
Event Coordinator: Victoria Lee 
Advisor: Niloufer Sohrabji 

Photo Courtesy of Aden Michaud 


Organize tions 

President: Kenyora Johnson 

Vice President: Sebeta Jarba 

Treasurer: Jessica Rose 

SGA Rep: Daina Estime 

Sister of Community Relations: Judith Leon 

Sister of Education: Judith Leon 

Sister of the Little Black Book: Bianca Harris 

Co-Social Chairs: Asia Norton & Mellap Murila 

Sister of Alumnae/i Relations: Brittany 


Advisors: Davina Angus, Desirae Simmons, 

Janie Ward 


The Black Student Organization was 

established during the late 1960s. The 

BSO's mission is to redefine sisterhood for 

its black females on campus while 

channeling its efforts to the outside 

community. With great strife, resilience, 

knowledge, and above all, leadership, the 

ladies of the Black Student Organization 

will provide change, retention and 

reclamation for the community. 

Presidents: Maura McCormack 
Vice President: Emily Carey 
Treasurer: Maura Millette 
Secretary: Kaitlynn Garon 
Co-COF Reps: Jessica Hauk, Erin 

Blood Drive Chair: Katie Burchman 
J-Cab Rep: Emma Symons 
Advisor: Ryan Grant 


The mission of the Campus Activities 

Board is to provide a wide range of social, 

educational, and cultural activities for the 

Simmons community and guests. 

The Campus Activities Board is the 

organization responsible for all-campus 

events and activities, including lectures, 

feature film series, performing arts, 

educational programming, block ticket 

sales, and special events. CAB also plans 

and sponsors special weekend trips. 

Photo Courtesy of CAB 



Concert Choir 

The Simmons college Concert Choir has 
been performing since 1902. The 
Simmons College Concert Choir is a 
singing group that performs twice a year 
(fall and spring) and also at various 
college events including graduation, 
Honors Convocation, and Family 
Weekend. The group sings songs from the 
Simmons Song Book, classical pieces, 
popular pieces and many multicultural 
pieces in a variety of languages. Reading 
music is not required and the group does 
not hold auditions, but members must be 
able to carry a tune. All members of the 
Simmons community are invited to join: 
undergraduates, graduates, Dix Scholars, 
faculty and staff. 

President: Chrissie Cahalan 
Vice President: Allison Hoffman 
Secretary: Rachel Czubryt 
Treasurer: Annabelle Seow 
Advisor: Gregory Slowik 

Photo Courtesy of Concert Choir 



COF Orchestra 

The Colleges of the Fenway Orchestra is dedicated to bringing together 

individuals through the performance of a broad range of music from 

Mozart to Gershwin, and Bach to Rodgers and Hammerstein! Bridging 

differences in age, interests, status and experience, students, faculty, staff, 

and alumni rehearse and perform together, sharing the common goal of 

creating great live orchestral music. The COF Orchestra is open to 

students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the six colleges of the The 

Colleges of the Fenway Consortium. In some cases, individuals from other 

colleges may perform with the orchestra. The Colleges of the Fenway 

Orchestra performs music of lesser-known composers including minorities 

and women as well as music from the standard European orchestral 


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Photo Courtesy of COF Orchestra 




The mission of the Commuter Student 
Association is to unify the commuter 
students at Simmons, to adequately and 
effectively represent commuters and to 
expose commuter students to academic 
and social activities at Simmons College. 

President: Daria Frost 
Advisor: Susan Chudd 

Dance Company 

The mission of the dance company is to 
bring dance back to Simmons and to provide 
dancers with the opportunity to continue an 
important part of their lives while away at 
college. In addition, the purpose is to unify 
the Simmons community through the 
physical activity and art expression of 
diverse dance. While the group is dedicated 
to providing ongoing traditional forms of 
dance, they are also committed to 
introducing and experimenting with new, 
alternative, and less traditional types of 

President: Brittany McDonald 
Vice President: Natalia Sullivan 
Secretary: Jenna Tinsley 
Treasurer: Megan Heber 
Publicity Person: Cara Mucci 
SGA Rep: Sam Schenk 
Project Manager: Alison Boyle 
Advisor: Donna Glynn 


Organiza tions 

Liaison: Jesse Hayward 
Advisor: Lisa Smith-McQueenie 

President: Nicole Barnett 
Vice President: Kristen Rucki 
Treasurer: Amanda Grelha 
Secretary: Diana Massimo 
SGA Reps: Sabeta Jarba 
SAARB Rep: Elizabeth Lynch 
Adivsor: Victoria Galloway 


The Dix Scholars Association is a student- 
run social and community service 
organization for Dix Scholars, whose 
purpose is to connect Dix Scholars with 
each other as well as other Simmons 
College organizations, faculty, 
administrators and staff. The DSA provides 
opportunities to meet other Dix Scholars, 
build lasting friendships and contribute to 
the Simmons Community, supplementing 

the Simmons education. 

Gospel Choir 

The mission of the Simmons Gospel Choir 

is to increase awareness of different 

genres of music and to help the Simmons 

community be involved spiritually and 


Photos Courtesy of Gospel Choir 




The mission of the Simmons Microcosm 
Yearbook is to capture the activities and 
spirit of the undergraduate student body 
in the Simmons College yearbook. This is 
accomplished though photography and 
written essays with special attention given 
to members of the Senior Class. This year 
marks the 100th anniversary, or 101st 
year, of Simmons Microcosm Yearbook. This 
year's Yearbook focuses on incorporating 
the history of Simmons College alongside 
today's College campus. 

Editor-in-Chief: Nora Levy 
Copy Editor: Aden Michaud 
Business Manager: Ashley 

Advisor: Susan Chudd 
Academics Editor: Alison 


Photos Courtesy of Nora Levy, Ashley Abrahamson, Aden Michaud, Simmons College 


Organiza tions 

President: Marjorie Riggs 

Vice President: Diana Haj 


Treasurer: Carla Haraska 

Secretary: Leslie Reyes 

SGA Rep: Elizabeth Donnelly 

Advisor: Niloufer Sohrabji 

Model UN 

The mission of the National Model United 

Nations is to Provde an Opportunity to 

learn about international organizations, 

focusing specifically on the United Nations. 

Students participate in lectures, research, 

and discussion in preparation for various 

local, regional, and national programs. The 

group also provides political aw^areness to 

the Simmons community at large, through 

lectures and events including United 

Nations Awareness Week. One of the goals 

of the Simmons chapter of the Model UN is 

to educate the community on today's 

foreign affairs, as well as to promote 

Simmons' already strong international ties. 

"We always remind our girls that 'You 
are all beautiful, strong, intelligent 
Simmons women. Go show the world. " 

Photo courtesy of Nikki Lynn 




The mission of Organizacion Latina 
Americana is to educate and enrich both 
the Simmons and outside community by 
organizing events that represent the 
Latino/Hispanic community. This is 
achieved through art, music, food, lectures, 
and other activities. 

President: Rosendry Gonzalez 
Vice President: Franzesca Labonte 
Treasurer: Stacey Bottex 
Social Chair: Cristina Gonzalez- 

SGA Senator: Leslie Ramirez 
Advisor: Professor Febles 


Public Relations Student Society of 
America gets students interested in the 
world of communications, from public 
relations to advertising, journalism to film, 
marketing to arts administration. 

Co-President: Karen DeVincent 
Co-President: Danielle Alves 
Vice President: Erica Ruane 
Secretary: Marissa Window 
Treasurer: Maureen Azor 
Historian: Victoria Ross 
SGA Rep: Iman Richards 
Publicist: Michaela Eichenbaum 
Advisor: Joan Abrams 



President: Grave Sisti 
Vice President: Amanda Gross 
Treasurer: Amie Vieira 
Advisor: Richard Wollman 


Sidelines, the Simmons hterary magazine, is 

pubUshed twice a year and features short 

stories, poems, photography, and graphic 

art by students. The magazine is edited by a 

student board which does everything from 

soUticiting student work, to deciding what 

goes in a given issue, to designing typeface 

and layout, to seeing the copy through the 

printing and binding process. 

President: Katherine graves- 


Vice President: Kathlene Benner 

Secretary: Karen DeVincent 

Treasurer: Erin McGovern 

Advisor: Barbara O'Brien 

Simmons College Democrats 

The mission of the Simmons College 

Democrats is to educate the Simmons 

Community about democratic politics and 

how to get involved; to work with College 

Democrats of America and make contacts 

with other schools, organizations, and the 

Democratic Party. 



Simmons College Republicans 

Simmons College Republicans seek to 
provide an environment for conservative 
women to come together. They plan 
events, help candidates, and seek to 
educate the Simmons community about 
the variety of Republican candidates and 

President: All Cavicchio 
Vice President: Danielle Pepin 
Secretary: Caila Nikitas 
Treasurer: Claudia Willett 

Simmons Marketing Association 

The purpose of the Simmons Marketing 
Association is to expose interested 
students to professionals in the fields of 
marketing, advertising, and 
communications, through the use of 
educational and alumnae presentations 
from industry insiders, agency tours, and 
networking events. 

President: Roxana Sui 

VP Finance/Treasurer: Caryn 

VP of Membership and Programs: 
Laurie Burgess 
Advisor(s): Jill Avery, Vonda Powell 



Organize tions 

Fall Editor-in-Chief: Shannon 

Spring Editor-in-Chief: 

Amanda Gross 
Advisor: Dan Connell 

The Simmons Voice 

This is a weekly-publication run by the 

undergraduate students of Simmons. Its 

function is to serve our community as a 

source of reliable and timely information 

for members of the community as well as 

outside readership and as a source of 

training and learning for students 

interested in any aspect of the 

communication industry. 

President: Becca Packard 
Business Manager/Treasurer: 
Stephanie Kinlay 
Music Directors: Jessica 
Thanos, Liz Quercia 
Public Relations: Rachel 
Baumel, Hana Gilman 
Advisor: David Browder 


The Sirens, founded in 1989, is the one and 

only a cappella group at Simmons College. 

The Sirens sing and perform popular songs 

and events a cappella style. There are two 

concerts a year, and the group also 

competes in national competitions and 

makes appearances at various functions 

around the college and outside venues. 

Photo Courtesy of: Sirens 




Sustain Our Simmons 

The mission of the Sustainabihty President: Amanda Milad 

Committee is to join students, faculty, and Advisor: Sue Stafford 

staff in an effort to bring more sustainable 
options and actions to the Simmons 
College community. 

Drama Club 

The mission of the Simmons College President: Kate Snell 

Theatrical Society is to encourage interest Vice-President: Rubby Wuabu 

in theatre throughout the student body, Advisor: David Gullette 

and to promote awareness and 
appreciation for the performing arts. This 
year, the club opened up to anyone who 
was interested in theatre, allowing anyone 
to start from the beginning and fall in love 
with the world of the arts. 



Women's Center 

Director: Deanna Ruth The mission of the Women's Center is 

Vice President: Athena Deltano to provide information to and promote 

Secretary: Michelle Lagana dialogue between all women in the 

Treasurer: Kylynn Grier Simmons community. The Women's 

SGA Senator: Stephanie ^ 

^ Center puts on many programs 

AdvZr: Jo Trigilio throughout the year, including Luna 

Fest, Love Your Body Day, breast 

cancer awareness month, and the 

"Vagina Monologues." 


Class Councils 2009-2010 

The Simmons Class Councils are in charge of 
planning the activities for which their classes 
are traditionally responsible, and facilitating 
communication among the members of the 
class and between the class and the Simmons 

Class of 201 1: Officers 

The class council of 20 lis purpose is to unite the members of the class of 201 1, plan inclusive 
and fun activities, such as May Day, and work to improve the overall community in Simmons 

President: Gabrielle Rossetti 
Vice President: Maria Pantelis 
Treasurer: Geraldine Soto 
Secretary: Natalie Sullivan 
Publicist: Michelle Bennett 


Class of 2012: Officers 

The purpose of the Class of 2012 is to plan events and activities that benefit students in the 
class of 2012 and the entire Simmons Community. The sophomore class is responsible for 
planning the annual May Day Celebration, one of Simmons longest-running traditions. 

President: Andrea Varrasso 

Treasurer: Katie Fionte 

SGA Senator: Natasha Nairn 

Class of 2013: Officers 

The purpose of the Class of 2013 Council is to unite the members of the Class of 2013 as a 
whole, to respect and represent all members of the class, to be open to ideas and opinions from 
all members, and to raise and sustain the morale of the Class of 2013. The Class of 2013 is 
traditionally in charge of planning the "Winter Wonderland" celebration, in December. 

President: Shannon Curran 

Vice President: Alysha Menakaya 

Secretary: Vivi Lee 

Treasurer: Kelsey Conley 

Senator: Vanessa Poirier 

Finance Board: Kaleigh Duggan 


Letter from the SGA President 

Necy Lopes 

Necy Lopes is a 
Communications major with 
a double minor in marketing 
and economics. She is from 
Brockton, MA, but at 
Simmons she is an RA in 
Arnold Hall. In prior years 
she has been involved as an 
RA in Dix Hall, and a 
member of Simmons 
Microcosm Yearbook, the 
Black Student Organization, 
and Like Minds. Necy is a 
highly visible and influential 
figure in the Simmons 
community. This year she 
made contributions through 
her work as the SGA 
president 2009-2010. 

Cast party photo 
from Simmons 
Vagina Monologues 

Photos courtesy of Necy Lopes 


To The Class of 20 10, 

I give you a perfect 10!!! The last four years have been truly memorable. We have done 
everything this year with style, flair, sophistication, and FUN! The theme on this year's book is 
based on the concept of "Then and Now." Much has changed in the course of then and now. 
Even within this last year. The College, economy, the world, and our own personal lives were in a 
totally different space a year ago than where they are now. We may have new stresses or 
responsibilities. New people and places have entered our lives, while old ones may have become 
loved memories. There are things that we will hold on to forever, while others that we would just 
as quickly love to forget. At the same time, then and now are not so different. 

There is so much that stays with us. Favorite foods, songs, pictures, friends, and family seem to 
always find their place in our lives no matter what direction they take. Our lives will take various 
directions. It may go left and then right.. ..and we might just as well end up right where we 
started. Some things are certain though. There will be come a time when now becomes then. 
There will be a time when we will all flip through this book and think back on what it was like 
then. Then when people had either a Blackberry or an iPhone, a black president was ground- 
breaking, and we still knew what compact discs were. (CDs we called them!) 

I hope however that Simmons will continue to be prominent whether it is now or later, then or 
now. I hope that when looking back, the relationships that were created carry on with you in the 
future. I believe that Rascal Flatts said it best in their song "My Wish" and it is with their words 
that I end my note to you all. I wish you all the greatest of luck and may you never forget your 
time at Simmons! 

/ hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow, 

And each road leads you where you want to go, 

And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose, 

I hope you choose the one that means the most to you. 

And if one door opens to another door closed, 

I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window. 

If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile. 

But more than anything, 

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to, 

Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small, 

You never need to carry more than you can hold. 

And while you're out there getting where you're getting to, 

I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too. 

Yours Truly, 
Necy Lopes '10 

President, Student Government Association 


OSLA... Office of Student Leadership 

and Activities 

Simmons knows that much of what is 
important about college occurs outside 
the classroom. The Office of Student 
Leadership and Activities organizes 
programs throughout the year to enrich 
the college experience. Leadership 
training programs help to build essential 
leadership skills while building bonds 
between students. 

The Office of Student Leadership and 
Activities coordinates programs and 
services to enhance student development 
and encourages an active campus life for 
students by providing opportunities for 
co-curricular involvement. The staff 
accomplishes these goals through its work 
with student organizations, campus 
programs, leadership development, and 
New Student Orientation. 

The Office of Student Leadership and 
Activities also manages the Student 
Center, home to organization offices, 
student publications, graphics assistance, 
the student business manager, and the 
Student Box Office. Student Box Office 
services the Simmons community by 
selling discounted movie and Aquarium 
passes, student organization event tickets, 
and other convenience items. The Office 
of Student Leadership and Activities also 
serves as a resource for commuter 
students, coordirtating the MBTA 
Semester T-pass program and the 
Commuter Student Lockers. 



Susan Chudd 

Susan came to Simmons College in July 2005 after completing 
her Masters in Higher Education at Boston College. Prior to 
that, she completed a BFA in Music Performance on the Double 
Bass and a BS in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. 
Susan works with leadership programs, including the Emerging 
Leader Program, the Student Leadership Selection Process, and 
Student Leadership Trainings. She also coordinates the First-Year 
Experience Program and Undergraduate Orientation. Susan 
advises Microcosm Simmons Yearbook, the Commuter Student 
Organization, and the Class of 2010. 

Louise Michelle Vital 

Michelle has been working at Simmons since July 2005. Michelle 
graduated from Simmons in 2000 where she double majored in 
Sociology and African American Studies. After leaving Simmons, 
Michelle served as the Education Director for the Colonel Daniel 
Marr Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, MA. Michelle earned 
her Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration from 
Michigan State University.Her areas of responsibility include 
office sponsored programs/events and student organization 
development, training, and budget oversight. In addition, 
Michelle advises the Campus Activities Board, Caribbean Culture 
Association, Class of 2010 and the Student Finance Board. 



Photos courtesy of Alison Toering and the Simmons College Web site 


Simmons Dining Services 

Bartol Hall 

In 1953 Simmons College built Bartol Hall, 
which became the students' dining 
commons. The Refectory was renamed 
Alumnae Hall in 1952 and became used as a 
function hall for campus social events. 

Bartol Hall is Simmons' all-you-care-to-eat 
dining facility located on the residential 
campus. Stations include International 
specialties, favorites from the grill, a custom g 
meal from the extensive salad bar or home- 
style meals just like Mom used to make. 

Nutritional information is readily available 
at every station, and vegetarian options are 
offered at every meal period. Bagged meals 
are also available. 

Visitors without meal plans may purchase 
all-you-care-to-eat meals at the following 
rates: Breakfast, $5.35; Lunch, $6.85; 
Dinner, $8.35, Brunch (either period), 
$6.85, Festive Meal, $9.00. 

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt eats at Bartol 
Hall with Simmons College President 
ancroft Beatley. 


Photos courtesy of Simmons College Web site, Simmons College Archives, and Campus Dish 


Java City 

Java City, in the College Center, 
features espresso-based and 
brewed coffee specialty beverages, 
artisan pastries and freshly 
prepared sandwiches. 

Meyers Cafe in Lefavour Hall 
features fair trade/organic 
coffee from Pura Vida. 

Fens Cafe 

The Fens Cafe is located in the Main Campus 
Building. Stations include "Fired Up!" "Comfort 
Zone," "Little Italy," a deli, an extensive salad bar 
and freshly baked desserts, as well as. grab-and-go 

Quadside Cafe 

In Smith Hall, Quadside features a full kitchen 
and snack bar within a convenience store, it 
also serves as an event space. 


COF: Colleges of the Fenway 

This consortium consists of six neighboring Boston-based colleges in 
the Fenway area. 

The colleges collaborate on events and course, and share resources. 
Students at any of these colleges have access to the dining options, 
athletic facilities, and libraries of the other colleges in the consortium. 

Traditional COF events and activities include the COF Block party, 
the Spring Carnival, the COF Orchestra, and intramural sports. 


Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of 
Art and Design, Massachusetts College of 

Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 

Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of 

Technology and Wheelock College 















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Photos courtesy of Alison Toering 


Service and 

Simmons is one of only four schools in 
Massachusetts to be recognized on the 2009 
Honor Roll With Distinction, " a designation 
given to schools that have exhibited significant 
community service; Simmons also is the only 
college in the state to have received the "Honor 
Roll With Distinction" designation three times 
since the honor roll began in 2006. 

During the 2008-2009 academic year, the 
Simmons College Scott/Ross Center for 
Community Service engaged more than 2,600 
students in community service activities. 
Through the Scott/Ross Center for Community 
Service, students took part in a variety of 
tutoring and mentoring partnerships with 
community schools and organizations. For 
example, last year management students 
created a financial literacy program for inner 
city high school students, presenting them with 
information about short and long-term savings, 
identity theft, and cell phone plans. 

"This honor recognizes some of the most 
important work that we do here at Simmons 
with our neighborhood and community 
partners," said Simmons College President 
Helen Drinan. 




Service learning offers a chance to 
become involved with the community 
that surrounds Simmons College and 
build new relationships. It allows 
students to utilize their skills in an 
experience outside the classroom and 
have an impact in the real world. 
Students have an opportunity to meet 
new people. Service learning also 
reduces stereotypes and further 
develops a greater cultural and racial 
understanding, also providing a sense 
of social responsibility and citizenship 
skills. These activities increase 
academic learning and connectio to 
coursework while transforming and 
enhancing student-faculty 

Photos courtesy of the Simmons College Web site 


Service Learning takes place in a wide range of 
disciplines including management, economics, 
physical therapy, sociology, education, 
communications, and the multicultural core 


enhances students' educational experience 
through reflective thinking about their 
service and connection with classroom 

In addition to service learning, the Office of 
Service Learning sponsors several events and 


Fair, Faculty/Staff One-Day Service Events, 
Global Day of Community Service, Promising 
Pals Program, Service Learning Faculty Brown 
Bag Lunch Discussions 

Tessa Brickley 

Jumpstart Site Manager 


MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA 

Scott/Ross Center Student Workers: 

Katherine Harper 
Rebecca Neville 

Kristin Sinclair 

Shawna Mullen 

Sarah Cleveland 

Allison Whittier 

Heather Trickett 

Sara Stolfi 

Scott Ross 
Cen ter 

Scott/Ross Center was established in 2000 
due to the generosity of Emily Scott 
Pottruck. The center consists of two service 
programs, which include the Simmons 
Community Outreach and the Office of 
Service Learning. Service learning and 
community service for Simmons faculty and 
students are emphasized by the Scott/Ross 
Center. With service learning, students have 
classes that allow them to incorporate the 
curriculum in volunteer experiences. 
Community service allows the students 
assist the Boston community. The majority 
of the programs are located in the greater 
Boston area. Some of the programs involved 
with the Scott/Ross Center are Jumpstart; 
America Reads at the Mendell & Farragut; 
Girls' LEAP Self Defense; and Strong 
Women, Strong Girls. 

Steve London 

Faculty Director of the Scott/Ross Center 
for Community Service 

Carolyn Grimes 

Program Director, Graduate Community 
Engagement and Service Learning 

Desirae Simmons 

Associate Director for LIndergraduate 
Service Learning 


Ailene Gerhardt 
Hillel Director 

Mary Lahaj 

Chaplain to the Mushm 


Jen Roy 

Chaplain to the Catholic 


Rev. Melinda Weekes 
Chaplain to the 
Protestant Community 

Office of 

Main College 


Room WOO 9 

(Fens Level) 

Fellowship of Campus Unitarian 
Universalists at Simmons (FOCUUS): 
Unitarian Universalism is a radically 
inclusive, spiritually alive, and justice 
centered non-creedal faith tradition that 
affirms and encourages the inherent worth 
and dignity of every person in their search 
for truth and meaning. This group promotes 
shared spiritual growth in communities 
through inspirational worship and 
revolutionary ministry. 

Simmons Catholic Student Association 
(CSA): The Catholic Student Association is 
dedicated to fostering a sense of Catholic 
community on campus through worship, 
dialogue, and public service, in order to 
broaden the social, spiritual, and intellectual 
horizons of its members. Its members are 
students interested in Catholic life on 
campus, serving as community leaders, and 
helping this community grow. 

Zen Buddhist: Josh Sandeman offers 
traditional Zen yoga on Tuesdays, 2:45 PM 
3:45 PM, MCB, Student Activities 
Conference Room, sponsored by the Office 
of Spiritual Life & the School for Health 


Spiritual Life 

The Office of Spiritual Life at Simmons facilitates the spiritual 
development and needs of students, provides and coordinates 
activities to promote human development and leadership skills, 
encourages the development of a sacred consciousness and 
social responsibility, makes available opportunities for students 
to serve people in need through community service, offers 
referrals to local houses of worship, offer a listening ear, and 
provides opportunities for interfaith, inter-cultural and inter- 
generational programming and dialogue. 

Simmons Christian Fellowship/Gospel Choir: Simmons Rooted in Love Christian 
Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian community affiliated with Real Life 
Boston and Campus Crusade for Christ International. This group encourages other 
Christians on campus and creates a safe space for spiritual discussion and growth for 
those exploring faith. They host weekly life groups, attend events on and off campus, 
and host events that help further this mission on campus. The Gospel Choir meets 
weekly on Monday nights and welcomes all to participate. 

Simmons Hillel: Hillel at Simmons is the center for Jewish life on campus. This is an 
energetic group of students who share an interest in Judaism and a desire to celebrate 
Jewish identity. Simmons Hillel offers a variety of social, educational, cultural and 
religious programming throughout the year. 

Simmons Islamic Society (SIS): SIS is a diverse group of Muslim women: self-directed, 
inclusive, and regular contributors to the discourse of what makes Simmons great. 
Programs are designed to support personal faith and understanding, and to raise 
awareness of Islam on campus. SIS collaborates with other student organizations in 
cultural, charitable, and interfaith activities. SIS is open to new members and new 
ways to achieve balance in college/spiritual life. 




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9 & 2 1 Francis Street, 
photographed in 1935. 
Between 1919 and 1934, these 
houses were residences for 
sophomores. From 1934 until 
1954, first-years lived in these 

240 Kent Street, 
photographed in 1944. 

62 Cypress Street in Brookline, 
photographed in 1927. 
The house was leased by 
Simmons between 1919 and 
1934, during which time it 
served as the first-year 

48 Stedman Street was 
leased by the College from 
1917 through the 1930s, and 
served as a first-year 

East House, 2 Short 
Street; purchased 

Student House, 4 Short 
Street; purchased 1904 

West House, 
purchased 1904 

Evans Hall, 1940s 

Photos Courtesy of the Simmons College Archives 




Simmons Hall Dix Hall Morse Hall 

South Hall 

Smith Hall Mesick Hall Arnold Hall 

Evans Hall North Hall 

Photos Courtesy of: Alison Toering 



Commuting students do not have the luxury 
of running back to their dorms in between 
classes but this year commuters have available 
to them several resources which can be found 

on cam 


The Commuter Lounge 

The Commuter Lounge, on the ground level 
of the MCB, is brightly furnished with 
comfortable sink-in chairs, and is the perfect 
place to relax with friends. Along with the 
Fens Cafeteria and the College Center, the 
Lounge is a meeting place for commuting 

Commuter Student Organization 

The Commuter Student Organization holds 
meetings in the lounge, which are open to the 
entire Simmons community. 

Commuter Lockers 

The Office of Student Leadership and 
Activities coordinates the Commuter Lockers 
in the basement of the Main Campus 



Driving in Boston can be expensive and may 
become a hassle for commuters. Luckily there 
are several alternatives available to Simmons 

Commuter Transportation Options 



Carpooling Public Transportation 

Walking/Jogging Train 

Photos Courtesy of Alison Toering 


Simmons Shark Logo 

LEAP: Lifelong 

Exercise and 

Activities Program 

LEAP was founded in 1988 and was designed to provide non-credit instructional classes, 
workshops, field trips and recreational activities to the Simmons College and Colleges of the 
Fenway community. The program's mission is to provide the opportunities and education 
needed for students, faculty, staff and alumnae to develop lifestyles of physical fitness and 

LEAP offers a range of classes including 
traditional study of Yoga, emerging fitness 
disciplines of Body Fusion and Pilates Body, 
Spinning and two dance disciplines. LEAP 
has partnered this year with the Aquatics 
programming at Simmons to offer Masters 
Swimming, Children's swimming lessons, 
and private instruction. 

A Simmons student 
partaking in the Ballet 
class that meets on 
Thursdays, 4-5pm 

"This room is packed during the Tree 

Week' when all the LEAP classes are 

free of charge so that you can try 

them all out. Boot Camp kicked my 

butt here... but I |^ 

liked Zumba the 

best because it's 

high energy but all 

the moves are really 

simple so anyone 

can do it. " 

-Micayla Boari, Class of ' 1 3 

Photos courtesy of Micayla Boari and the Simmons College Archives 


Holmes Sports and Fitness 

Cen ter 


Athletic activity at Simmons centers around the Wilham J. Holmes Sports and Fitness Center, 
a $10 million, 60,000 square foot facility located just steps from Simmons' nine residence halls 
and Bartol Dining Hall. Opened in 1989, the Center houses state-of-the-art training equipment, 
plus hardwood courts, an indoor running area, swimming pool, and much more. In 1992, the 
Holmes Sports Center received the Athletic Business Architectural Award. 

The "Shark Tank" mural outside the Moore Gymnasium 

Simmons Athletic 

The Cardio Room on the 
third floor is equipped 

with treadmills, elipicals 
and stationary bicycles. 

Traditions of Yesterday 

The spring tradition of Track Day (also referred to as Field Day) at 
Simmons College began in 1911. The first Track Day was organized by the 
newly formed Simmons Athletic Association. The athletic events included 
shot-put, high jump, javelin throw, standing broad jump, discus throw, 
hop-step & jump, basketball throw, archery, tennis rounds and for a time, 
horseback riding. 




Julianna Eagles 

Stephanie Fox Aubree Giarrosso 

The Basketball team had a winning season 
this year with an overall record of 16-8 and a 
Great Athletic Northeastern Conference 
(GNAC) record of 8-4. 

In addition, three Sharks received GNAC All- 
Conference honors. Stephanie Fox earned a 
spot on the All-Conference First Team, 
Julianna Eagles was elected for the All- 
Conference Second team, and sophomore 
Alex Alcoque was named to the 
Sportsmanship Team. 

The Sharks finished off their regular season 
with a win over the Lasell College Lasers, 75- 
42. They then moved on to the GNAC 
Tournament. The team dominated Emerson 
College 85-86 to advance to the semifinal 
round. Their quest for the title was cut short 
by the semifinal game versus #1 seed 
Emmanuel, but they had a great season 
overall. Congratulations! 

1 Jessica Thomas 
3 Aubree Giarrosso 
14 Liz O'Connor 
20 Alexandrah Acloque 

23 Brittany Dolloff 

24 Emily Thomas 

25 Liane Lantagne 

32 Ashley Donaghey 

33 Julianna Eagles 
35 Meaghan Troiano 
45 Stephanie Fox 

Jessica Thomas 12 





This fall, the crew team competed at four different events 
throughout October. 

At the Textile River Regatta in Lowell Mass, the Varsity 
Eight placed 2nd, the Novice Eight placed 4th and the Open 
Four placed 5th and 10th. 

It was a very windy day at the New Hampshire 
Championship Regatta in Pembroke, NH. Despite the 
conditions, the Open Four placed 3rd, the Novice Eight 
placed 1st and 4th, and the Open Eight placed 10th and 

At the world renowned Head of the Charles race right here 
in Boston, teams gathered from around the world to 
compete. Members of the crew team were running about 
all weekend, either helping fundraise or getting ready to 
race. The Collegiate Four took 1 1th place and the 
Collegiate Eight took 25th place. 

The final race of the fall season was the Seven Sisters 
Regatta which was also on the Charles River. Along with the 
universities of Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Bryn Mawr, and 
Smith, Simmons raced to the finish to achieve 3rd place 
overall. Later in the day, one of the sculls was dedicated to 
Wendy Campanella, a Simmons alumna, with plenty of 


"On the crew team, along with how 
to row, we learn discipline, 
determination and how it feels to 
succeed. Every year we seem to 
bring in an increasing number of 
novice rowers and hope to relay our 
love of the sport to them. We hope 
this tradition will carry on so that 
many Simmons students get the 
chance to row on the beautiful 
Charles River." 

Juha Burns T 1 & Nicole Gallant TO 

Photos courtesy of Micayla Boari and the Simmons College Web site 


Field Hockey 

Parent Photographer 




Emily Sypher 

Maggie Weeks 


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Jen Szkolt 

The Simmons field hockey team finished with a record 
of 4-14 for their regular 2009 season, and 1-6 for the 
North Atlantic Conference. Two seniors, Jen Szkolt 
and Emily Sypher earned a spot on the NAC All- 
Conference First Team. In addition to this prestigious 
opportunity, Sypher earned the most goals, 29 points 
on 12 goals and five assists. When the seniors graduate 
this year, the girls will have big shoes to fill. This year's 
team was a young one, including six freshman and six 
sophomores and Head Coach Kate Leonard "was very 
impressed with the improvement we saw in many of 
our players this year." 

00 Molly Maidman 

1 Kelly Fisher 

2 Kara Masse 

3 Nicole Morrison 

4 Christine Lowery 

5 Sasha Reilly 

6 Cayla Morris 

7 Brigid Rushe 

8 Caitlin Sweeney 

10 Lee Sutherland 

1 1 Molly Chisamore 

12 Marianna Brown 
14 Michaela Sangillo 

1 6 Katelyn Tighe 

17 Maggie Weeks 

18 Jen Szkolt 

19 Emily Sypher 

Parent Photographer 

Maggie Weeks summarized her season: "We were comprised of many 
talented players who not only worked hard, but they laughed hard this 
season. We fought hard, even when the odds were against us, but we had a 
will to improve ourselves and to unite as not only teammates, but as 
friends. Although it wasn't the best season on the scoreboards, it was an 
honor playing with everyone, and I truly believe that the Simmons Field 
Hockey team will be victorious in the upcoming future seasons." 




Ashley Donaghey 


Ashley Wheeler 


Kelly Muirhead 


Brina Kelly 


Mandy Walke 


Justine Beauchamp 


Allie Megna 


Brittany Staszowski 


Liz Leonard 


Kate Avery 


Lian Atturio 


Anna Stella 


Brooke MacKenzie 


Anna Bolton 


Chelsea Hersey 


Kelley Saucier 


Emily DiNuovo 


Lindsey Butler 


Katie Foley 


Rachel Elliott 


Jenn Kmietek 


Ally Ayotte 


This fall, the Soccer team had an overall record 
of 1 1-5-3 and a GNAC Conference record of 8-2- 
3. Going into the GNAC Championship 
tournament, the Sharks were the fifth seed, but 
they upset the #2, #4, and #1 seeds to earn the 
Championship title! Head Coach Erica 
Mastrogiacomo, the GNAC Soccer Coach of the 
year, described the season as "successful both on 
and off the field. Our team grew together from 
August to November and continuously displayed 
courage and character through every challenge" 
and this definitely contributed to the team's 
continued success. The team also competed in 
the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 
2004; their GNAC title automatically earned 
them a spot in the tournament. 

Their fall season ended with a loss 
to William Smith College, but the 
team is already back to their hard 
work in preparation for the 
upcoming spring season. 


Emily DiNuovo 


Rachel Elliott 

Katie Foley 

Beauchamp Photos courtesy of Micayla Boari and the Simmons College Web site 


Swimming Sc Diving 


Heather O'Connell 

Brittany Torelli 

Caitlin Urciuoli 

The Simmons Swimming and Diving team has done 
an outstanding job this season; their current 2009- 
2010 record standing at 5-5. At the 2009 Great 
Northeast Atheltic Conference Campionship, the 
Sharks claimed the title by scoring 305 team points 
which almost doubled the score of second place Elms 
College, with 159 team points. At the New England 
Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships 
on February 21, the Sharks claimed eighth place with 
339 team points. 

"This season we 

had a group of girls 

with a lot of 

enthusiasm and it 

showed in the way 

they came together 

throughout the 

season to provide 

us with some great team moments and exciting 

races." —Caitlin Urciuoli 

Virginia Bette 
Stephanie Bitzas 
Molly Bohannon 
Amanda Dirksmeier 
Curry Girr 
Chennelle Jackson 
Anne Karasek 
Sara Keyser 
Kaira King 
Anastasia Lyapina 
Hannah McQuillan 
Alyssa Musket 
Alyssa Rizzo 
Maria Pantelis 
Melissa Pettini 
Heather O'Connell 
Susannah Quinlan 
Michaela Sangillo 
Isabel Stearns 
Brittany Torelli 
Caitlin Urciuoli 
Meredith Wish 

Amanda Dirksmeier it. 



Jessica Hambleton io and Amanda Weaver io 


Nicky Loring 

Jessica Hambleton 

Amanda Weaver 

The Volleyball Team had a record of 13-16 and a 

GNAC record of 7-5 this fall season. The team 

entered the GNAC Championship Tournument 

as the 6th seed, two places better than predicted 

in a preseason poll. Even though they did not 

make it all the way to the title, this season 

prepared the team for promised victory next 

year. Along the way, two Sharks were named to 

the 2009 GNAC Volleyball All-Conference Team. 

Meaghan Flynn, who was also named Rookie of 

the Year, earned a spot on the GNAC Second 

Team, and Krista Evans on the k " 


Sportsmanship Team. Senior 

Amanda Weaver had 614 

assists this season, and a 

career total of 2,2 11 . Jessica 

Hambleton, also a senior, led 

the program in digs, she had 

376 in all. Both graduating 

seniors will be dearly missed, 

but they will also be leaving a 

team loaded with talent 

and hungry for another shot at the title. 

Meaghan Flynn '12 

Jessica Hambleton 

Amanda Weaver 

Kellie Dowd 

Nicky Loring 

Kelly Last 

Olivia Stevens 

Kate Fionte 

Melissa Martin 

Emily Crosby 

Victoria Moran 

Meaghan Flynn 

Taylor Pederson 

Shamika Johnson 

Morgan Powell 

Krista Evans 

Ashley Hiniker 

Rachel Dufault 


















Photos courtesy of Micayla Boari and the Simmons College Web site 


Winter Wonderland 

In the 1914 Microcosm, the first winter feast was 
recorded in detail, and was called the Olde English 
Feast, which included tree decorating, a visit from 
Santa, and dressing up in medieval clothing. The meal 
itself consisted of a roast pig and Christmas pudding. 


and Festival of Lights 

Now, our winter tradition is known as Winter Wonderland and the Festival of Lights. Before a 
grand dinner consisting of a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and peppermint milkshakes, the 
hall councils compete to win Simmons Cup points for having the best winter lights display. The 
event focuses on coming together to celebrate an end to the first semester. 


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Photos courtesy of Ali Toe Ring 



Taking an inside look 
into the Simmons 
Vagina (Monologues) 

Simmons College's annual performance of the 
Vagina Monologues was held Feb. 19-21 in C- 
103 in the Main College Building. Tickets 
sold out for all three shows. 

The cast, adorned in the traditional Vagina 
Monologues colors of black and red, 
performed traditional humorous skits such as 
"My Angry Vagina," performed by first-year 
Nina DeSimone, where a woman rants about 
the injustices placed on her vagina by society, 
and "The Woman Who Loved to Make 
Vaginas Happy," where a woman describes 
her career and how she loves to please 
women (performed by first-year Sarah 
Herman). Of course this show would not be 
complete without the comical and edgy 
orgasm performance (junior Katie-Ann 
DeFillippo) in which another woman 
demonstrates many different types of 
orgasms women have. 

The Vagina Monologues is not all about 
comedy. Other skits inform viewers about 
past horrors and injustices women endured. 
"My Vagina Was My Village," performed by 
junior Kaitie Chakoian and sophomore Huda 
Fitaihi, is about Bosnian women who were 
subjected to rape camps. 

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The Vagina Monologues was originally created as a Broadway play by Eve Ensler. She described 
the Monologues as vagina interviews with women from all walks of life. Through doing this, 
Ensler created a list of skits for the show and each year a new skit is added to inform people 
about another issue affecting women around the world. 

Photos Courtesy of Aden Michaud 

Since the creation of the Vagina Monologues, over 300 
colleges have adopted Project V-Day, which stemmed 
from Ensler's overwhelming response to her Vagina 
Monologues production. It is called V-Day because it is 
done on or close to Valentine's Day and is a movement 
dedicated to ending violence toward women. The money 
raised by the various productions is donated to 
organizations around the world that are advocating for 
women's rights. 

The 2009 Simmons College adaptation of the Vagina 
Monologues added a new aspect to the show in which 
performance viewers could purchase chocolate "pussy 
pops," red "pussy juice" punch, or buy raffle tickets to win 
items like a guitar signed by the singer Jewel. There was 
also artwork for sale and the cast mingled with the 
audience before the show and during intermission. 

Article courtesy of Hannah Morrow and The simmons Voice 


Tracing the Simmons College 
financial situation...?art I 

Staff and administrators have been laid off. 
Positions have been dropped. Offices have been 
combined and services have been cut. Now there 
is talk of major changes in academic programs. 
Many Simmons students, faculty, and staff are 
confused. They wonder what will happen next, 
how changes will affect them, and how this crisis 
came to be. 

In a month-long investigation involving 
interviews with faculty, students and economists as 
well as research into public documents on the 
College's financial status over the past decade, The 
Simmons Voice learned that the current situation 
has deep roots both within the College and in the 
environment in which it operates. 

The origins of the crisis can be traced to 2002 
and represented by a linear equation consisting of 
four variables, all of which need to be factored in 
not only for themselves but for the ways they 
impact each other. 

The first is the effect a global economic 
recession could have on a college, specifically one 
with a modest endowment. The United States went 
through two recessions in the span of 20 years, the 
most recent being the most severe since the end of 
the Second World War. 

A recession has the effect of shrinking the 
endowment, abruptly leaving a college-or any 
nonprofit institution-with a revenue shortfall and 
an unpredictable stream of income to work with. 
Simmons College became a victim to this in the 
1990s, a period known at the school as "the lean 

During these "l^an years," a time of low 
enrollment and shrinking endowment, a pay freeze 
was enacted. Not even the new president, Daniel 
Cheever, received a bonus. 

WTien President Cheever took the role in 
1995, his main challenge was to relieve the 
College of the damaging effects of recessions by 
strengthening the endowment and stabilizing 
revenue. His main short-term objectives were 
reversing the decline in enrollment and 
fundraising out of the million-dollar deficit that 
engulfed the college. 

By 2002, these objectives were considered 
fulfilled and the "lean years" were considered 
over. Revenue and enrolment were on the rise 
and under President Cheever the school was then 
working with an average annual surplus of $2 
million, according to The Boston Globe. 

Though a recession tends to get the blame for 
the College's current financial troubles, the 
evidence from such public documents suggests 
that internal factors also played a role from 2002 

In 2002, President Cheever was still earning 
under $250,000 annually. However, the Board of 
Trustees approved a settlement plan giving 
President Cheever an additional $35,800 annually 
for life starting in the 2003 FY. 

This information is stated on the 990 tax forms 
filed then, as required for all nonprofit 
institutions and now available online for public 

Despite appearances to the contrary, Simmons 
entered into a structural deficit, when total 
expenses are greater than total revenue, as early 
as 2004, becoming the second variable in the 
financial equation. 


Time Capsule 

By Liz Feskoe 

This deficit came just one year after Vice 
President of Advancement Kristina Schaefer 
received an increase in compensation of $60,000, 
bringing her salary to just under $6,000 below 
what President Cheever had earned in 2002. 

The Board in FY2004 decided on a merit-based 
payment to President Cheever of $90,000 to be 
paid in increments of $30,000 per year for the 
following three years. It also voted to increase 
compensation for its top five operating officers, 
with the total package for them reaching just over 
$1 million and climbing. Recipients included 
Cheever and Schaefer, as well as VP of admissions 
and planning Lisa Chapnick, VP of finance 
Humberto Goncalves, and VP of marketing Maria 

President Cheever's $90,000 award became 
the first of a new merit-based compensation deal 
that was implemented in Fiscal Year 2005 (July 
2004-June 2005). These merit-based 
compensation packages became the third variable 
to the financial equation. 

In 2005, President Cheever announced his 
resignation and said he would leave in time for a 
new president the following year. At this point. 
President Cheever was awarded an additional 
compensation of over $2.5 million, a 
controversial payment the Board defended as a 
supplement to the salary he would have made had 
there been no pay freeze during the "lean years." 
President Cheever was not the only director, 
officer, or trustee to receive such an lOU 

Article Courtesy of Liz Feskoe and 
The Simmons Voice 
October 8, 2009 

According to the 990 tax form for FY2005, the 
College reported an operating deficit of $3 
million yet compensation packages for top 
operating officials were increased from 5 
recipients in FY2004 to 14, totaling $5 million in 
compensation packages. 

These payments were based upon a 
combination of the merit considerations and 
supplemental payments for sacrifices they made 
during the "lean years." 

By 2006, temporary relief appeared to have 
arrived. Susan Scrimshaw was named president of 
the College, at a time when reported total 
revenue outweighed total expenses by $7 million. 

The College was accredited by three college- 
ranking bodies, and enrollment doubled from 10 
years previous. The top paid 1 4 officials, 
directors, and trustees that year received 
compensation packages totaling just over $3.5 

But 2007 brought controversy and 

President Scrimshaw announced her sudden 
resignation, for "an unspecified position in the 
international health field," according to The 
Boston Globe. However, within months of her 
departure she became president of Sage 
Colleges in Troy and Albany, New York. 
Meanwhile, Senior Vice President of Finance 
Humberto Goncalves that year received 
compensation of almost $200,000 more than 
what he earned the prior year, though there 
was a reported deficit of $ 1 million, and the 
top 14 officers, directors, and trustees 
received compensation totaling over $4.3 


Tracing the Simmons College 
financial situation...Part 2 

President Helen Drinan told an eager audience 
of undergraduate and graduate students and 
administrators last week new details of a plan in 
getting Simmons College fiscally stable, which in 
the past year focused on administrative 
departments but now includes assessing academic 

But the College has been steadily working its 
way back to financial stability by restructuring 
loans, combining services, trimming personnel, and 
reversing accounting mistakes make in 2004-2006 
that pushed Simmons into an operating deficit. 
Until now, the academic sector of the College has 
been avoided, but the plan for fiscal stability now 
depends on this area. 

The global consulting firm Deloitte & Touche is 
guiding the process that is called academic business 
review, the president told over 100 undergraduate 
and graduate students and administrators at the 
October 14 session. 

By 2007, the College was operating on a deficit 
of $1 million. At this point, retention bonuses were 
given to a small group of administrators, first to 
ensure continuity after the departure of President 
Daniel Cheever, and then to do so only two years 
later after his successor. President Susan 
Scrimshaw, announced her resignation. 

Six months after Scrimshaw's departure, former 
Board of Trustees Chair Helen Drinan, then 
serving as an interim president, signed a three-year 
contract for the position to begin in the 2008 
academic year. 

This came just as the College, along with other 
such institutions around the nation, began to feel 
the effects of shrinking endowments brought on by 
the global recession that officially began in 
December 2007. 

The College's administrative shuffle and 
endowment loss caught the attention of news 
media and online business journals; contributing 
to the financial problem by frightening donors 
and prospective students and in doing so, became 
the fourth and final variable added to the 
equation that brought the College to its current 
financial state. 

In March 2008 Moody's Corp and Standard & 
Poor, two of the world's top rating agencies, 
downgraded the College's credit rating, and in 
December 2008 the Boston Business Journal ran 
a story titled "Simmons College wrestles with 
expensive debt loan." But the lowest point came 
in May of 2009 when published 
an article on college budget crises that suggested 
some might have to close their doors. It led with a 
vivid description of a deserted $32 million 
Simmons School of Management building. 

However, in a February 2008 faculty and staff 
weekly e-mail. President Drinan was able to 
announce a reduction the FY 2009 operating 
budget by $5 million. "At that time, I did not 
anticipate further reductions," she wrote. "I did 
reserve the option of further budget reductions if 
circumstances changed, and I believe they have." 

After initial reductions were made in the early 
months of 2008, focus shifted onto the College's 
administrative departments. To help identity 
where cuts should be made, Deloitte Consulting 
firm was employed "to help with a number of 
units for which I believe we have insufficient 
internal skill to fully evaluate our circumstances," 
President Drinan told faculty in a March 27 e- 

Deloitte, whose Web site images include a 
scissors and a single plant stem growing from a 
crack in concrete, has a long and deep 


By Liz Feskoe 

Time Capsule 

relationship with Simmons College and the 
School of Management, from which President 
Drinan received her Masters. 

In 2005, the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for 
Women and Leadership was created "for 
advancing women into leadership roles in all 
sectors of business and government," according 
to the School of Management's Web site. Five of 
the seven members of Deloitte's current board of 
directors are also School of Management 
graduates. The College has utilized another 
branch in the Deloitte firm before 2008 by 
employing their accounting and tax services 
consulting team in 2006 and again in 2007. 

The latest area to come under Deloitte 
scrutiny is the College's academic program, with 
its early findings being reported to select faculty 
and administrators this week. 

A steering committee of six faculty and 
administrators had also been set up last summer 
to review Deloitte's suggestions, leaving junior 
faculty and those without tenure concerned, as 
they are the last group to review already 
examined recommendations suggested by 

Two weeks after the steering committee was 
created Dean of Student Life Sheila Murphy, a 
committee member who had worked at Simmons 
for 15 years, suddenly resigned. 

The committee today has been reduced to four 
professors representing all schools of Simmons 
except for the School of Management. The 
schools represented include the School of Social 
Work, the College of Arts and Science, the School 
of Health Studies, and the Graduate School of 
Library and Information Science. 

The first wave of administration lay-offs and 
department consolidation came last April. In 
June, as a result of a Deloitte analysis, 

the Facilities Operations office and the office of 
Business Affairs merged to create a single 
Administration Group, now run by Janet Fishstein. 
Bill Concannon, who was Director of Business 
Affairs, left the College in August. 

After 71 administrative positions have been cut, 
the shaving of administrative departments and 
positions is considered complete. The focus has 
now shifted to the academic sector of the College. 
Also involved in the review process along with 
Deloitte and President Drinan is Provost Dr. 
Charlena M. Seymour, who started at Simmons this 
academic year. 

Faculty members, who are well into their second 
year of a pay freeze and who did not receive raises 
during or after the so-called "lean years," while top 
administrators received bonuses, will witness major 
changes by the next academic year, as will their 

"What gets lost is the faculty does good things 
that prepare students well despite the madness 
going on around them," said Communications 
Department Chair James Corcoran. 

At the session last week. President Drinan told 
the audience one of the considerations includes 
decreasing the 20 departments of Simmons College 
for the sake of financial stability, making the 
inescapable situation a reality for anxious faculty. 
Faculty members have found themselves in a 
particularly vulnerable position as a result of 
financial decisions they did not make or benefit 
from. The entire situation can be compared to a 
play, said Corcoran, and watching actors perform as 
the reason audiences fill a theater, rather than 
seeing producers or directors. 

"If the actors go away, does the play go on?" he 


Article Courtesy of Liz Feskoe and 

The Simmons Voice 

October 22, 2009 


Boyfriends make themselves at home on 
Simmons Campus 

They're behind you in hne at Bartol. They're in 
the bathroom stall next to you. They're hanging 
out in Quadside late at night. They come at 
different times, all different shapes, ages, and 

They're men, and they've found their place in 
this all-women's residential community. 

"There's something about the campus being all 
girls," says Darius Razavi, 30, who is dating a North 
Hall resident in her second year of the MBA 
program. "I feel safe here." 

Razavi, who is also a graduate student at 
Northeastern University, has an apartment in 
Newton but says that staying on the res campus 
one to two nights a week is helpful and practical. 
He attributes this "safe" feeling on campus to the 
fact that it's all-women. 

"I think guys are more confrontational, girls are 
more subtle," he says. 

But Dan Whitmore, 20, notes "cattiness" as an 
unpleasant factor of some of his stays on campus. 
"Sometimes what girls say about each other is a 
bummer," he says. "There's always some girl 
talking about some other girl, whether it's in my 
girlfriend's room, or Bartol or some other girls 

Despite the alleged gossip circulating, 
Whitmore says that the best things about staying 
over at the res campus are getting to see his 
girlfriend, being welcomed by her friends, and 

"It's been pretty hit or miss this year," says the 
regular pizza and salad eater. "But usually it's 
pretty good." 

Andrew Kluger, 21, a junior at Tufts University 
whose girlfriend now lives off-campus, says he liked 
the music in Bartol as well as the food. 
"What they have is usually pretty decent," he says, 

explaining, that at Tufts, the food is either fried 
or tasteless. "At Simmons you get some genuine 
home cooked flavor." 

John Leichter, who is dating a senior, prefers 
the Fens to Bartol for the most part. 

"Except for Bartol brunch," he says. "Bartol 
brunch is awesome. I love the waffle machine." 

For Razavi, Bartol is one of the few places he 
feels comfortable hanging out with his girlfriend. 

"I kinda look forward to eating with her here," 
he says, saying the food has been better than last 

"Girls are talking nicely to each other, there 
are no guys making nasty things on their plates," 
he says, referring to his undergrad experience at 
University of Florida Gainesville, where Razavi 
says he "saw some disgusting things nightly." 

Although Razavi enjoys spending time at 
Bartol now, he still feels that there aren't enough 
places to hang out with his girlfriend on campus, 
citing Quadside, the location of his first date with 
his girlfriend, as the only place. 

"We have to go to Kenmore, or hang out at 
Panera," he says, wishing there was another place 
on campus to comfortably spend time besides the 
dorm rooms. 

"I mean, I'm not looking for an amusement 
park," he says. 

Whitmore says the worst thing is the bathrooms, 
saying that general bathroom cleanliness is a "cause 
for concern sometimes." 

"Girls create just as much of a mess as guys," he 
says. "Girls can be slobs too." 

Leichter disagrees. 

Having experienced all-men's dorm bathrooms 
at his home campus at Wentworth, he says the 
bathrooms in his girlfriend's dorm are a lot cleaner 
than guy dorms. 


Time Capsule 

By Amanda Gross 

For Whitmore, showering on campus is the 
worst thing. 

"I hate the amount of hair in the showers," he 
says. "I can't enjoy.. .being surrounded by it when 
I'm trying to get clean. It feels like I'm working 
against myself." 

Kluger loves the showers on the Simmons 
campus, saying that the water pressure is his 
favorite thing about staying over, besides, "of 
course," seeing his girlfriend. 

"It trumps the horrendous water pressure at 
Tufts," he says, noting that Tufts has put water 
saving devices on the showers so less water comes 
out. "I feel like I can finally get clean." 

Whitmore and Kluger say that overall, they feel 
comfortable using an all-women's bathroom, even 
if shirtless. 

"It's just like being at the beach," Whitmore 
says. "It's a social norm for guys to be seen 
without shirts." 

He says that while some girls may be 
uncomfortable or caught off-guard by his presence 
there, nobody has ever outwardly expressed it. 
Kluger agrees. 

"It doesn't bother me," he says. "It might 
bother my girlfriend, who might be afraid I'll do 
something too manly or embarrassing." 

For Razavi, the experience is a little different. 

A self-proclaimed disliker of wearing shirts, he 
says if he walks into the bathroom to brush his 
teeth or wash his hands shirtless, there "seems to 
be some tension" with other women using the 
bathroom, whether they verbalize it or not. This, 
he says, is slightly awkward. 

Besides an all-women's bathroom and campus 
food, another aspect of campus that may send 
some guys running for the gate is sleeping in the 
dorm rooms. 

"I'd say the worst thing about staying on 
campus is twin beds," Leichter says. "And the fact 
that my girlfriend cannot stay still for the rest of 
the night." 

Whitmore says that the roommate factor has 
never bothered him. 

"My girlfriend's roommate is very friendly," he 
says. "And busy." 

However, in a forced triple situation, Kluger 
states that he, as a fourth person staying in the 
room, felt it was "kind of obscene." 

"It felt like a tenement living situation," he 

The pleasures and strife of staying on campus 
have different affects on these "outsiders." 
Walking around campus with his girlfriend, 
Razavi says he feels out of place. 

"I feel like an alien. That's how I feel," he says. 
"I feel not that I'm not allowed to be here, but 
that I'm not supposed to be here." 

He says he feels that he is "disrupting a 
harmony" that has been created in this "safe 
place" by and for women. 

Although he says he "definitely" feels like a 
minority, Kluger doesn't see a need to worry. 

"People don't glare at you or throw things at 
you," he laughs. 

Whitmore doesn't feel uncomfortable walking 
around because he always sees at least one other 
male, he says. 

"It's not an intimidating environment by any 
means," he says. "It's sometimes refreshing 
because I don't spend a lot of time with just 
women - it's a nice change of pace from my norm. 
Leichter, too, doesn't feel self-concious at all. 
"I think it's fun," he says. 

Article Courtesy of Amanda Gross and 

The Simmons Voice 

October 8, 2009 


The new Provost focuses on the Simmons 


She sits regally in her newly appointed 
chambers, a crown of white hair adorning her 

She is Charlena Seymour, the new provost 
of Simmons College. The provost is the person 
who helps the president make decisions about 
issues or activities that affect student affairs, 
according to Seymour. She says she is eager to 
move forward with Simmons, while always 
keeping the mission in mind. 

"I think it is a great mission," she says, 
noting that it drew her to the college initially. 
"I think it makes a lot of sense to make the 
liberal arts education as the foundation for a 
career. And I think that this is a mission that 
helps to differentiate Simmons and make it a 
very competitive place to learn and prepare 
yourself for the real world." 

The mission statement for Simmons College 
reads: "Simmons where academic and real- 
world experience prepares undergraduate 
women and graduate students for rewarding 
lives and career successes." 

Seymour, who was officially took the 
position on July 1, 2009, is the first provost 
Simmons has had in over 15 years. 

"Not all Colleges have a provost, and 
former President Dan Cheever wasn't 
convinced that Simmons needed one," says 
Michele Coonan, Dean of the Graduate 
School of Library and Information Science 
(GISLIS), and the former Chair of the 
provost search committee. 

"By the end of his presidency, though, 
Simmons had grown significantly in the 
number of its students and academic 
programs," says Coonan. "It was clear that 
the College was in need of an academic 
leader. A national search began a couple of 
years ago, and under President Helen 
Drinan's leadership we concluded the search 
last spring." 

Seymour, who was a theater major as an 
undergraduate and then went on to do 
graduate work in speech language pathology, 
values her undergraduate education. 

"I had to take a lot of liberal arts courses, 
and I never thought that it kept me from 
doing anything I wanted to do," she says. 

Obviously, now that Simmons has a 
provost for the first time in over a decade, 
there will be changes. Seymour says she has 
high hopes for the institution. 

"I think that Simmons is suited to be even 
greater than it is," she says. "I think this place 
attracts excellent students. It has great 


By Shannon Brown 

Time Capsule 

And it is in a location that is surrounded 
by other academic giants. So the synergies for 
learning and studying in this environment are 
overwhelming. Which means that the number 
of new and exciting things that can be done 
are unlimited." 

Seymour says she is looking forward to 
taking a hands-on approach to her role as 
provost, including talking directly with the 

"I probably will have some meetings with 
the student government association to find 
out what are students thinking about," she 
says. "What do they think will be helpful for 
them in preparation for their careers?" 

Seymour sees the importance of hearing 
what students need because it is different 
from what she needed in her college years. 

"It is a different world, and some of the 
obstacles I faced, students will not have to 
face. I had to learn how to use the 
typewriter," she says laughing. 

She also wants to witness general student 
life, she says. 

"I am going to do my best to get to as 
many student functions as I can. I look 
forward to perhaps visiting some of the 
classrooms and seeing people teach. And 
attending some of the sports and cultural 
events in which students participate." 

Seymour recognizes that the academic side 
of higher learning is much more than GPAs 
and career-specific degrees. 

"What I tell students is, 'major in what you 
love and make the most of the time you have 
here to learn and meet people,'" she says. 

Although she is chief academic officer for 
the campus, Seymour realizes that the college 
experience consists of more than academics. 
She encourages students to branch out not 
only in what they study at Simmons, but with 
whom they study. She is hoping to bring 
more diversity to her new kingdom. 

"I encourage people to get to know 
somebody different," she says. "Don't be by 
yourself. Be with someone who is different 
and can provide you with new experiences." 

"Too often we try to go back to our own 
neighborhoods all the time," she says. "But 
you have students coming here from around 
the world and you should take advantage of 
learning about their language and their 
culture, and their experiences." 

Article Courtesy of Shannon Brown and 

The Simmons Voice 
October 8, 2009 


Dining hall changes leave 
students angry, hungry 

Simmons' Dining Services have 
implemented a number of unreasonable 
changes this semester, stirring the Simmons 
community with shock and anger. Students, 
who had no warning of the changes prior to 
arriving on campus, have started the first week 
of the semester underfed and upset. Many of 
us have been forced to forgo a nutritional 
breakfast for a cup of coffee before class, or a 
healthy veggie wrap for a meat-and-white- 
bread sandwich. The slash of dining hall hours, 
the elimination of the Bartol deli, and the 
change to meal plan options has distressed the 
student community. 

The changes to the operating hours of the 
Fens and Bartol have been the most 
devastating to the student population. This 
semester, Bartol is open from 7:30-9 a.m. for 
breakfast, 1 1:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for lunch, and 
5:30-7:30 p.m. for dinner. The Fens is open 
Monday n Thursday from 1 1 a.m. - 7 p.m., and 
Friday 1 1 a.m. - 3 p.m. These new hours mean 
that there is no cafeteria open from 9-11 a.m., 
the most popular time for students to eat 
breakfast. Students with evening labs are left 
with nowhere to eat dinner, as both Bartol and 
the Fens are closed by the time their labs let 
out. On days students do not have classes, they 
are forced to walk to the academic campus to 
eat between the Ijours of 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

"It is not fair to force college students to 
go all day without eating," said Jennifer 
Franzen, in the Bring Back Bartol Petition. 

"The a la carte options at the Fens are 
terribly expensive and I rarely find anything 
healthy that I am willing to eat. Many 
students do not have class at 9 a.m. or earlier, 
myself included, and after a late night of 
studying, 9 a.m. is far too early to eat." 

The cut in hours also means that Bartol is 
extremely crowded when it is open. Students 
wait in line for more than ten minutes just to 
swipe their cards, spend another twenty 
minutes waiting for food from Center Stage 
or al Pomodoro, then must scrounge the 
entire hall to find silverware, cups, plates, and 
a place to sit and eat, according to Natori 

"Bartol has gone downhill since last year," 
Arrindell said, in the Bartol Petition. "There 
are hardly any plates or silverware to use, and 
the ones that are available have not been 
properly cleaned! There is a lack in food as 

Last year crowding was never an issue at 
Bartol and students were free to eat at 
whatever time was most convenient for them. 


Time Capsule 

By Kelly Bell 

The elimination of the deh is another 
upsetting change. Dining Services says that 
the deh was ehminated because the hnes 
were too long, but the lines were long at the 
deli because it was the studentsi favorite 
station. The new self-serve deli where the 
fruit bar used to be does not offer nearly the 
same number of meats, vegetables, and 
breads or wraps as the old deli station did. 

Dining services claims these things are "in- 
rotation," but does not seem to realize that 
having something once or twice a week does 
not compare to having it every day. Other 
dining options have also been cut this 
semester, including cereal choices, juices, 
fresh fruit, milk and milk alternatives. These 
changes have been especially hard on 
vegetarian and vegan students, like Whitney 

"As a new vegan, I knew it would be 
difficult finding options in Bartol, but I 
thought I'd be able to manage," said Stanley. 

"I was extremely disappointed to find 
hardly any options this year for a balanced 

The third drastic change this semester, the 
change to meal plans, has received less 
attention, but is perhaps the most important. 

Article Courtesy of Kelly Bell and 

The Simmons Voice 

September ij, 2009 

The new meal plan options do not offer 
weekly options, like last semester, but instead 
offer a block plan of either 185 or 260 meals 
per semester. These plans are modeled after 
the Boston Common plan, which offered 125 
Bartol meals, 75 Fens meals, and $225 in 
dining points. The meal plans this semester 
offer significantly fewer dining points, which 
can be used at Quadside, Java City, or 
Meyer's Cafe. 

"Last year I got $225 to spend at 
Quadside/Java City and now the most we can 
get is $140. We need more points especially 
when Bartol is closing so early this year," said 
Chelsea Gordon in the Unhappy With Bartol? 
Facebook group. With a block plan, it is also 
possible many students will end up running 
out of meals by the end of the semester and 
be forced to purchase supplementary plans if 
they wish to continue to eat on campus. 
While tuition, fees, and room and board 
charges have gone up this semester, our 
quality of life has decreased. We are paying 
more and receiving less. Simmons must know 
that cuts like these are unacceptable. Each 
student who has been affected by the changes 
this semester should speak up and demand 
adequate dining services. It will take 
everyone's participation to return the 
Simmons dining system to what it used to be. 


Socially conscious investors bring 
techniques to SOM 

Several panelists gathered at Simmons last 
Wednesday to discuss the past and future of 
"Socially Responsible Investing," a branch of 
finance management that focuses on 
investment strategies with a social, 
environmental, or ethical focal point. 

The program was hosted by the School of 
Management in conjunction with the National 
Association of Women MBA's and Net Impact, 
an organization focused on making the 
business world socially and economically 

According to Paul Hilton, director of 
advanced Equities Research at Calvert and one 
of the event's panelists, the SRI market began 
when religious organization wanted to invest 
their money in a company that shared their 

"They wanted to avoid investing in the 
traditional alcohol, tobacco, and gambling of 
the time," he said. 

Today, the goal is to find the companies 
consumers should not invest in, and evaluate 
all companies for social and environmental 
concerns. Traditionally, to force companies to 
take their social and environmental 
responsibility seriously, investors would only 
invest their capital in companies whose morals 
and concerns lin^d up with theirs. The 
panelists made an effort to emphasize that now 
that is not the only option. 

"You can have an impact by choosing to 
invest in a company or not, but also through 
investor pressure," said Hilton. 

Investor pressure is a tactic that SRI 
investors use to push their environmental or 
social agenda through investing in the 
company and using their shareholder status 
to demand higher standards. Hilton 
explained that if a majority of shareholders 
launch a complaint, the company is likely to 
cooperate and make responsible decisions 
rather than lose investors or gain negative 

"You can't shut down tobacco companies 
by not investing in them. But you can file a 
shareholder resolution to push these 
companies to get the ball rolling," said 

The panelists agreed that general 
disclosure about energy spending, executive 
compensation information and other SRI 
issues is a step in the direction towards 
improving these areas of concern. 


By Maria Costigan 

Time Capsule 

"We can get that information out in the 
pubhc for investors to use," said panehst 
Sonia Kowal, director of socially responsible 
investments at Robert Brooke Zevin 
Associates. The final panelist, Emily 
Bannister, senior research analyst for Federal 
Street Advisors added that once information 
is disclosed, you can track it to follow the 
company's improvement in areas of concern. 

Recently, executive compensation has 
gained a lot of media attention, as huge pay 
disparities between workers and executives 
has become a public issue. Companies such as 
Microsoft have agreed to let their investors 
vote on executive compensation packages 
every three years. The fact that these 
companies are acknowledging that investors 
want to stay informed on spending, and 
allowing critique of their budget shows that 
issues usually left to SRI firms are breaking 
into the mainstream. 

Bannister also mentioned that individual 
investors are now looking to find out if SRI 
investing is right for them. 

She also mentioned that SRI is expanding 
through factual data. SRI firms, in short term 
results are outperforming traditional 
investment options. 

"Even traditional investment managers are 
looking at sustainability as a factor," said 



Photo Courtesy of: Alison Toering 

Article Courtesy of Maria Costigan and 

The Simmons Voice 
October i, 2009 


Simmons guest policy is too lax 

The guest policy at Simmons has been up 
for debate among students in the dorms 
recently with news of attacks around Boston 
and on college campuses, including the 
horrible attack and sexual assault to a woman 
walking alone at night in the Fens, and an 
armed robbery in a Northeastern dorm this 
past month. 

It's horrible to think that events like these 
could happen in the city that we call home, but 
they also reiterate the point that we are not 
immune to danger. Just because this is our 
home, doesn't mean that it's always going to be 
safe. Perhaps I'm being negative? Well, I 
would rather be negative than be attacked in 
my own home. 

When we walk home by ourselves because 
it's "only a 5-minute walk," we're putting 
ourselves in danger. When we stop to chat 
with the cute guys stumbling out of a party we 
pass, we're putting ourselves in danger. When 
we let someone into the dorms behind us, even 
though we have no idea who they are, we're 
putting ourselves and fellow students in 

That goes for letting other women into the 
dorms as well. Come on, we've all seen Fatal 
Attraction or at least heard the plot; a jilted 
woman can be just as dangerous as any man. 

And how bad would you feel if you found 
out the person you let in stole something 
from another room, attacked someone, or 
any other in a list of horrible things that could 

So this brings us back to the guest policy at 
Simmons. With the only real rules being that 
you have to stay with your guests and that 
they're not supposed to stay more than three 
nights in a row, we're one of the most lax 
schools in the area when it comes to visitors. 
How many times have you seen some random 
person walking the halls of the dorms when 
you're in your towel or most comfortable pj's, 
or hanging out in the bathroom when you're 
putting that gorgeous green face mask on? 

Sure, most of the time this is more 
inconvenient and embarrassing than 
dangerous, but what if there's that one-in-a- 
million chance that someone comes in with 
intent to harm, or worse? 

Not signing in guests is convenient most of 
the time, and some of you are probably 
cringing at the thought of having to sign in 
your boyfriend, family, or one-night-stands 
every time they visit. But the Northeastern 
robbery I mentioned earlier? They caught 
the alleged robber because he was signed in 
as a guest. 


By Lizzie Davies 

Time Capsule 

Allowing random people that you do not 
recognize into the dorm behind you is 
dangerous to yourself and your other dorm 
mates. Male or female, that person could be 
deranged or dangerous. It's time to take the 
extra few seconds to question people you 
don't recognize when they try to "piggyback" 
into the dorms. Wouldn't you rather be 
cautious than murdered? I know I would, 
and I would challenge you to find another 
resident who didn't feel the same. 

Take that extra moment for the woman 
who was attacked in Fenway. Do it for your 
fellow students. Do it for your parents who 
worry about things that you wouldn't even 
think were dangerous. Trust me, as a child of 
a mother who used to tell me not to walk on 
sewer grates because they might collapse, I 
know the importance of caring about my own 
safety and the safety of my loved ones. 

It's time that we think about how our 
actions affect our fellow dorm mates. Be 
safe, and protect those around you by taking 
a moment to question whether this is worth 
speaking up about, even if you're afraid you'll 
be viewed as overly cautious. 

Photos courtesy of: Alison toering 

Article Courtesy of Lizzie Davies and 

The Simmons Voice 

November £, 2009 


Time Capsule 

Simmons sells President's house for 
$ 2 million By Liz Feskoe 

The house that five different Simmons 
College presidents called home was sold 
Wednesday, October 28, for $2 million 
after being on and off the market for 
almost one year. 

Located at 245 Lee Street in Brookline, 
the six bedroom, 5,066 sqft home has deep 
roots with the Simmons and Brookline 

It was used not only as a residence, but 
also to entertain faculty and students of 
Simmons College. 

President Jean Dowdall, the first female 
president of the College, conducted a walk 
for charity which began at the Main 
College Building and ended at the Lee 
Street home during her years at Simmons 
in 1993-1995, and President Susan 
Scrimshaw also entertained first-year 
students and their families in the home at 
the beginning of the academic year in 

The home was put on the market in 
February 2009, and was temporarily taken 
off in June, only to be for sale again at the 
end of September, when a deal with a 
prospective buyer fell through. 

President Drinan wrote in an e-mail to 
faculty that selling the house is a "light at 
the end of this very long tunnel." 

The Board of Trustees is expected to 
approve how the $2 million will be used 
once recommendations are made to them, 
according to Janet Fishstein, assistant vice 
president for administration. 

President Drinan wrote in an e-mail to 
faculty she will let them know of any 
decisions made concerning the direction 
of the money. 

Article Courtesy of Liz Feskoe and 

The Simmons Voice 

November 5, 2009 


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Movie Ticket 


Movie Ticket 


Case of Beer 


Case of Beer 


Ruby's Sub(large) 


Subway (1 ft) 


Quadside Pizza 


Quadside Pizza 


Domino's Pizza 


Domino's Pizza 






Can of Soda 


Can of Soda 


John Dellaria 


UMI Salon 


Load of Laundry 


Load of Laundry 


US Postage Stamp 


US Postage Stamp 


One Year's 
Room & Board 


One Year's 
Room & Board 





Parent Ads, pages 128-135 
Closing, pages 136-139 
Index, pages 140-143 
Letter from the Editor, page 144 



Nora Miriam Levy 


As she goes 

from strength to strength 

with love and pride 

we celebrate 
Nora Miriam Levy 


Mom, Dad, Hannah, Grandma, 
Grandpa, Uncle Marc 


Nd\id\j Lauren Abrahameon 



Your kindness to 

others is inspiring. 

Thank you for being 

my rock. 





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Nd\a Jaemine Norton 

Newts gang. 









Alison Cavicchio 

Brittany McDonald 






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Dear Alison, 

Congratulations! We are so proud of 

the wonderful young woman you 

have become. May your adventurous 

spirit continue throughout your life. 

Mom, Dad & Andrea 

Dear Brittany, 

We have always been proud of you from 
when you were a precious little girl and 
now that you are becoming a spectacular 
young woman. Congratulations! 


Hugs and Butterfly Kisses 

Mom, Dad and family 

Maura Kiernan 

Sarah J. Peters ; 



You have accomplished so much in the last four 

years. That timid, scared girl we dropped off at 

Simmons Hall blossomed into a smart, confident and 

wonderful woman. The world is all yours. We love 

you and are so proud of you. 

Mom, Dad, Patrick, and Molly 

Dear Sarah. 

Our little girl is now a 

beautiful, talented 

young woman. Some 

very lucky children 

will soon have you for 

their teacher. 

We're so proud of 

Love always. 

Mom, Dad, Billy and 

Lambia A. Mitropoulos 



Congratulations!! We are so proud of 
your accomplishments, Bravo Koukla. 

We love you! 

132 Morn, Dad, Paulina 

Andrea Marie Voccio 


How Time Flies! It seems like yesterday we 
watched you graduate kindergarten from Blessed 
Sacrament. Now, you are graduating college. We 
have enjoyed watching you grow over the past four 
years. Your school involvement, from being 
President of Simmons Hall your freshman year to 
the Class of 2010 Secretary, has been a joyous 
experience to share with you. We know your 
educational journey does not end here and in these 
few sentences, we can not adequately express our 
pride for you, but know we could not be more proud 
at this moment to call you our daughter and sister. 

Congratulations Andrea! 
Love, Mom, Dad and Amanda 

Kachel ieanda Michael 

ConQratulat'ioue Kachei 

We alwaye kii(?w that you could do 

Whatever you really tried. Now the real chaWeuQe be^iii6. 

With much love, 
Kevin, Kevy, Mom, Dad & Krista 

'3e who you are and eay what- you feel, because 
those who mind don't matter and those who matter 
don't mind," -Vr. 6uess 

Chrissie Cahalan 

CONGRATULATIONS! We're so proud of 

you. Your biggest fans, 

Mom, Dad, Greg, Steve and Joe 

Joanna Senville 

We are so incredibly 
proud of you and your 
achievements at 
Simmons College. 
We celebrate your 
graduation and wish you 
happiness and joy! 

Love, Mom, Dad, 
Rebecca, and Jake 

Emily Colleen Joyce 

We are ALL so proud 
of you Em. May your 
heart always sing and 
your wings take you 
where you want to go. 
The Sky's the limit for 
you Baby!! 

Love , Mom 

Andrea Marie Voccio 


From a pretty little girl 
you have grown into a 
j beautiful young 
woman. Our first 
grandchild to graduate 
college. We are so 
proud of you. Love, 
Grandma & Papa J 




19 Aberdeen Gals 

"Education will prepare you for anything in life - 
honesty is one of the primary and necessary 
ingredients in life- and a sincere love of what you 
are doing in the fuel that makes it all run..." 

We are so proud of our daughters and nurses! 
Your loving Moms 

Courtney Caswell 

Congratulations on your accomplishments. 
We are so proud of you and all the hard work and 
dedication you have shown. You will surely be a 
success at whatever you endeavor. 
Love, Mom, Dad, Chris, Keith and Nikki. 



I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of 
you. You have become an incredible woman, I 
know your missing Gram right now, but she will 
always be with you, especially on your graduation 
day. Always remember the love she had for you. 
We Love You. Thanks for being the person you are. 
Love Always, 
Aunt Shirley 

Julia King 

You Have Always Made 
Us Proud! 

Congratulations Julia Eva 



And a special 
shout-out to... 

The Simmons 


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Photos courtesy of Simmons students and the Simmons College Archives 




Photos courtesy of Simmons students and the Simmons College Archives 


Dear Simmons, 

Letter courtesy of Simmons Microcosm Yearbook 

As I write this letter, it is 10pm on the Wednesday of Spring Break and Nora Levy and 
-f-m^j-t Alison Toering have been sitting in WOOSa since 4pm. Why? 


A yearbook is a labor of love. 

Thank you 

Nora Levy 
Alison Toering 
Tom Keeley 
Susan Chudd 
Aden Michaud 


Christina Tam 
Eleanor Horton 
Marlenne Brown 
Kate Clavet 
Amanda Gross 
FOR making 
Microcosm live. 

This year's theme was "Then and Now" or 
"Echoes of Yesterday." Not only does the 
2009-2010 Simmons Microcosm Yearbook 
stand on the shoulders of our 100 past 
editions, but this book also owes a special 
debt to the Simmons College Archives. A 
big "thank you" goes out to Jason Wood 
and Donna Webber, who supported and 
assisted the Microcosm staff throughout this 


a second thank you to 
Susan Chudd and Tom 
Keeley- WE ARE 


"Parent Ad" to Simmons Colleg e: 


Sheldon George Richard WoUman 
Diane Raymond Kelly Hager 
Masato Aoki Pam Bromberg 

Gary Cakes Mary-Jane Treacy 

Tom Rooney Beth Maclin 

Sam Furbush, 
and my friends and 

for inspiring and 
supporting me. 











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Simmons College j gOlO 
2010 I (Boston, Mass.)